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Press Release

December 21, 2016

JICA promotes smooth implementation of The Mumbai - Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Project - Signing the Memorandum for General Consultancy

PhotoSigning the Memorandum for the General Consultancy of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Construction Project : (L to R) Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan, Mr. Toru Arai, Director General, South Asia Department, JICA, Mr. Achal Khare, Adviser (Infra), Ministry of Railways & Coordinating Director, NHSRC, Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President, JICA, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister of Railways, Mr. Takashi Yamazaki, President, JIC, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India, Mr. Mukul Saran Mathur, Executive Director (Traffic)/PPP, Ministry of Railways.

New Delhi, December 21, 2016: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Memorandum with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India / National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC), which is a new agency in charge of the implementation of the Project, and a joint venture consisting of Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co., Ltd. (JIC) , NIPPON KOEI CO., LTD., and Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd., to implement "the General Consultancy of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Construction Project (GC)." The Memorandum was signed by Toru Arai, Director General of the South Asia Department, JICA, Achal Khare, Adviser Infrastructure, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways, Government of India, and Coordinating Director, NHSRC, and Takashi Yamazaki, President of JIC, Representative of the JV in the presence of H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, Government of India, Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister, Embassy of Japan, and Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of JICA.

The GC is to provide design and bidding assistance for the public works and systems required for the construction of a high-speed railway linking two cities Mumbai and Ahmedabad in India, which was decided to at the Japan-India Summit Meeting held in December 2015.

The signing of this memorandum, which confirms the methodology of the GC work, by the tripartite related parties including Indian side, Ministry of Railway and NHSRC, marks an important step toward actual project implementation and the GC work has been fully mobilized and moving forward following the contract signing between JICA and the Joint Venture on 9th December. The cost of this GC will be borne by JICA and this GC, up to 2020, will contribute to the smooth implementation of the High Speed Railway Project mentioned above.

About JICA

Establish, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.

For further information, please contact:
JICA India Office
Ai Tachikawa/ Vini Sharma
+91 11 47685500
Tachikawa.Ai@jica.go.jp / sharmavini.id@jica.go.jp

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