jica: Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed ​​Line: JICA helps develop areas around stations

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will help Indian experts to develop areas around the stations of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed ​​Rail (MAHSR) Corridor to improve accessibility for commuters and promote economic activities, said the company announced on Wednesday.

JICA, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Railways have signed a record of discussions on the “Station Area Development Project Along Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed ​​Rail Project” with the aim of building the capacity of the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat, municipal authorities corporations, urban development authorities and National High Speed ​​​​Rail Corporation Limited, he said.

“This project is a technical cooperation project to plan the development of surrounding areas around MAHSR stations to improve accessibility and convenience for commuters and other stakeholders and to promote economic activities,” JICA said. in a press release.

The MAHSR project will cover 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and will have 12 stations located in Mumbai (BKC), Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.

Under the joint project, Japanese experts will be sent to India to help their Indian counterparts define the modalities for the transit function of stations and the development of station areas.

It is based on the concept of “transit-oriented development” and is envisaged to promote the development of urban and transport infrastructure, including the access road and the station square.

In particular, the Japanese experts will support the preparation of station area development plans for four stations, namely Thane, Virar, Surat and Sabarmati, as model stations, including the revision of urban plans at macro or higher level. , according to the press release.

Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative of JICA India Office, said, “The MAHSR project is a symbol of collaboration between Japan and India, contributing to India’s first high-speed rail project by introducing Japanese technology.

“Under the MAHSR project, Indian contractors will have an opportunity to transfer technology from Japan, not only for the construction of high-speed trains and the O&M aspect, but also for the development of the station area on the based on Japanese experiences in its major cities,” Mitsunori said.

JICA has been supporting the MAHSR project by providing ODA (Official Development Assistance) loans totaling JPY 350,000 million (approximately Rs 20,000 crore) in total since 2017. The objective of the project is to develop a high-frequency mass transportation system by constructing the high-speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, using Japanese Shinkansen (also known as the “Bullet Train”) technology, thereby improving mobility in India and contributing to economic development regional.

Jose P. Rogers