Modi talks to Japan, benefits to flow to Gujarat

Modi sought Japan's assistance in Ahmedabad Metro project and the bullet train link between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad | Published:September 1, 2014 7:47 pm
modi Modi sought Japan’s assistance in Ahmedabad Metro project and the bullet train link between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s on-going visit to Japan is expected to usher in exponential financial benefits for Gujarat. Not only were the Ahmedabad Metro project and the bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai discussed on Monday, adequate Japanese technical and financial support was also sought for a range of sectors including solar power and ship-breaking in Modi’s home state.

The Indian side sought support in upgrading the world’s biggest ship-breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat which has been plagued by pollution and safety concerns. Both the sides have in the past signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for technology transfer and financial assistance from Japan to assist in upgrading the operation at Alang — located in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat — to meet international standards.

In order to fast-track Japanese technology into a fast developing industrial zone at Dahej in South Gujarat — which has a Special Economic Zone and a PCPIR — the Indian side during today’s talks assured to resolve outstanding issues regarding the Seawater Desalination project including those surrounding tariff, water quality parameters, water sales, etc. A Japanese-Singaporean consortium is spearheading the 336 MLD (million litre per day) water desalination plant in the Dahej SEZ.

Meanwhile, the Japanese also announced the launch of a feasibility study by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for setting up of a 10 MW canal-top grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Gujarat as a model for next generation infrastructure, stated an official release from the Press Information Bureau on Monday.

Both the Japanese and the Indian side also decided to cooperate on the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project. “Appreciating Japan’s contribution to the development of urban mass rapid transport system in India, Prime Minister Modi sought Japan’s association with Ahmedabad Metro Project. Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s willingness to support the project in a mutually beneficial manner,” the release stated. JICA has been funding a number of metro projects in India. The state-run agency implementing the Ahmedabad Metro project has sought a Rs 5900 crore loan from JICA.

“Prime Minister Abe expressed his hope that India could introduce Shinkansen system for the Ahmedabad – Mumbai route. Prime Minister Abe expressed his readiness to provide financial, technical and operational support to introduce Shinkansen system, for which Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation. The two Prime Ministers look forward to the completion of the Joint Feasibility Study on High Speed Railway system on Ahmedabad – Mumbai route,” the release added.

Both sides also welcomed the issuance of the interim report of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed railway and expressed hope that the joint feasibility study will be completed by July 2015.

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (Project) — 40 percent of which falls in Gujarat — was also discussed along with the creation of new generation of Smart Community projects across six states in India. Both sides also welcomed the progress made in development of industrial cities including the one at Dholera in Gujarat. In the Vibrant Gujarat 2013 summit a number of Japanese companies had evinced interest in developing the Special Investment Region at Dholera.

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    Ric
    Dec 13, 2016 at 7:42 am
    Ask your elected state governments what they have done to make environment conducive for business and support each other in India? its is a 2 way process and mutual process..When states are fighting with neighboring states and even threatening to stop water one can imagine how the state govt will support others states for development - state govts don't have vision like Modi i.e. "sabka saath sabka vikas"..state govts have ruined India..we Indians live in a Mini India (State)
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      Ric
      Dec 13, 2016 at 7:35 am
      India First..don't divide India..benefits of economy of each state benefits other states of India as well..we should support each other..
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        Dilip
        Sep 2, 2014 at 1:14 am
        Interesting angle! Still anti-Gujarat slant. Isn't development of Gujarat part of India? Bullet train was already in advanced stage of planning in Gujarat and most feasible. These can be applied across India after proof of concept is deplo. Same with desalination plant or any environmental plan. Moreover your stat should have not voted for communist and it would have seen same development in past 65 years
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          H1N1
          Sep 3, 2014 at 12:11 am
          Mr Modi....dont forget the nations most important city......Mumbai. And also Maharashtra. They need to be brought upto par also.
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            Raajesh Sheth
            Oct 1, 2014 at 9:38 am
            Delhi - Mumbai Corridor name itself says all about possibilities of growth in minimum 7 States of India, in turn growth in India.
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              Gopi Chand
              Sep 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm
              I hope Mr. Modi realizes that he is the PM of India and not just Gujarat. The entire country gave him a overwhelming mandate and the entire country deserves the benefit
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                Gopi Chand
                Sep 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm
                Karnataka , AP are business friendly and desperately seeking investments.IT has boomed in united AP with excellent HITEC city & HYD airport being a testimony.Bangalore has grown big time in IT sector with second tier cities such as Manglore are now taking next wave of development.The new state Telangana and AP are also seeking several development projects offering several sops for investors.There is no grudge for seeking a fair share of development.The entire country has given a overwhelming mandate to Mr. Modi when he show cased his Gujarat development model and it is time to deliver ....Is that not fair to ask ....?
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                  J
                  Sep 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm
                  You not Indian so shut your trap Whitaker go back to your country? U talk when you don't k ow !
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