AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rebuked a transport enterprise proprietor from Bhavnagar in Gujarat for using simply eight drivers for his six vehicles, as an alternative of the required variety of 12.
Overworked drivers may cause accidents, Modi stated throughout an interplay with folks through video conferencing earlier than inaugurating the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira in Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar.
Asif Solanki, concerned in transport enterprise and based mostly in Bhavnagar, advised Modi through the interplay that he will likely be vastly benefitted by the brand new ferry service as it’s going to cut back the journey time and distance and his drivers will even get relaxation when the ferry transports vehicles by sea route.
Modi requested him about what number of drivers he has employed, to which Solanki replied that he has eight drivers.
The PM additional requested him what number of vehicles he has, to which the transporter stated six.
“This isn’t honest, you must make use of 12 drivers for six vehicles. You are taking a lot work from drivers, this shouldn’t be achieved,” Modi stated.
Solanki stated as a result of ferry service he wouldn’t require extra drivers, to which Modi replied that the ferry service is ranging from at present.
“The factor is when drivers are overworked, they go to sleep whereas driving which may trigger accidents and no matter you may have earned will go away with that accident,” Modi stated and took a promise from Solanki that he’ll make use of extra drivers.
On a lighter notice, Modi additionally stated the Revenue Tax division is not going to raid Solanki if he reveals his plan to buy extra vehicles.
The remark got here after the transporter smiled when the PM requested him if he’s planning to purchase extra vehicles.
Throughout the video convention, Modi interacted with folks from Surat and Bhavnagar on how their life will likely be impacted by the introduction of the brand new Ro-Pax ferry service.
The service will cut back the 375-km highway distance between Bhavnagar and Surat to 90-km by sea route and the journey time from 10-12 hours to about 4 hours, a launch issued by the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) earlier stated.
It would save time and gas and increase financial system and non secular tourism within the Saurashtra area of the state, the discharge stated.
The three-deck Ro-Pax Ferry Vessel ‘Voyage Symphony’ connecting Hazira in Surat district of south Gujarat and Ghogha in Saurashtra’s Bhavnagar has a load capability of 30 vehicles, 100 passenger vehicles, and 500 passengers plus 34 crew and hospitality employees, it stated.