Japan to fund Rs 6,168 crore Northeast road project: Dr Jitendra

NEW DELHI: Japan is funding Rs 6,168 crore Northeast road project in Mizoram.

This was disclosed by Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, after a meeting with the Japanese delegation led by recently appointed Ambassador of Japan, Satoshi Suzuki, here today.

The delegation led by Ambassador of Japan, Satoshi Suzuki called on the Minister and held a detailed review of the Japanese collaboration in Northeast as well as in other spheres like Space Technology and Nuclear Energy.

During the meeting, various issues related to mutual collaboration and cooperation between the two countries were discussed. In the last over five years, under the Modi government, there has been a huge Japanese investment in infrastructure projects in the North Eastern region of India, said Dr Jitendra Singh.

The upgradation of Aizwal- Tuipang Section of NH 54 with a length of 372 km is being done with the assistance of JICA (Japanese International Corporation Agency), at a cost of Rs 6,168 crore. This road would provide seamless connectivity to Sittwe port in Mayanmar and be in keeping with the Modi Government's Act East Policy.

Guwahati Sewerage project, coming up with Japanese support, was also discussed at the meeting.

It was also revealed that in the area of forest management, there is Japanese collaboration with the State Governments of Tripura, Sikkim and Nagaland and soon there will be collaboration with the state of Meghalaya as well in this field.

Bamboo is an area of great interest for both the countries and Japanese resources coupled with Indian reserves will supplement each other.

Among other issues, mutual collaboration in the areas of , disaster management and road infrastructure was also discussed.

Discussing the role of mutual cooperation between the two countries, it was disclosed that meeting of Indo-Japan Working Group on Nuclear Energy Cooperation is scheduled to be held next month. On the issue of collaboration between India and Japan in the area of outer Space, it was mentioned that bilateral discussions were held last year.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that India shares traditional relations with Japan. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, new areas of mutual collaboration are being added to it. The Minister mentioned about the Bullet train project in this regard.

During the last five years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Japanese engagement in India's infrastructure projects has increased. Recently 12 nursing caregivers from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have been taken up for jobs in Japan through initiative of private agencies, the Minister added.


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