JICA will help develop stations on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed ​​Rail (MAHSR) Corridor stations will be developed by Indian experts with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve accessibility for commuters and boost the local economy, the company announced on Wednesday.

In order to build the capacity of the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat, municipal enterprises, urban development authorities and the National High Speed ​​Rail Corporation Limited, JICA, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Railways signed a Record of Discussions for the “Station Area Development Project Along Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed ​​Rail Project”.

JICA said in a statement, “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 economical activities”.

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

Japanese experts will be sent to India under the joint project to help their Indian counterparts develop the transit function of stations and the modalities of station areas.

It aims to promote the development of urban and transport infrastructure, including the access road and the station plaza, and is based on the idea of ​​“transit-oriented development”.

According to the statement, the Japanese experts will notably support the creation of station area development plans for four stations, Thane, Virar, Surat and Sabarmati, which will serve as model stations. This support will also include the revision of macro or higher level urban plans.

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. »

He further added, “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 based on Japanese experiences in its major cities.

Since 2017, JICA has supported the MAHSR project by providing ODA (official development assistance) loans totaling JPY 350 million (approx. 20,000 crore). By constructing a high-speed rail line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad using Japanese Shinkansen technology (also known as the “Bullet Train”), the project aims to create a high-frequency mass transportation system, improving mobility in India and fostering regional economic growth.

(With PTI entries)

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