December 27, 2016
L-R: Mr. N.R Arvind, Principal Planner – Traffic & Transportation, APCRDA, Dr. Sreedhar Cherukuri, IAS, Commissioner, APCRDA & CA, APCRDA, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, AP, Mr, Shinya Ejima, Vice President, JICA, Mr. Takayoshi Tange, Senior Representative, JICA India Office, Mr. Sanjeev Moholkar, Additional Chief Development Specialist, JICA India Office and Mr. Kyosuke Inada, Director (India & Bhutan), South Asia Department, Division 1, JICA Tokyo.
December 27, Vijayawada, India: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Record of Discussions (R/D) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Government of India for implementing technical cooperation (TC) project titled "Comprehensive Traffic and Transport Study for Andhra Pradesh Capital Region." The main objective of the study is to contribute to the sound development of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region (APCR). The study will be implemented in coordination with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA).
The record was signed in the presence of Mr. Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA); Mr. Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Mr. Takayoshi Tange, Senior Representative, JICA India office.
The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh State was announced by "the Andhra Pradesh State Re-organization Act" in 2014, and APCRDA is enacted through the Act in 2014 with an area of 8,603.32 km2 to establish the new capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh and for the purposes of planning, coordination, execution, supervision, financing, promoting and securing the planned development of the capital region. With the new capital development, it is expected that drastic innovation happen in the economy, the society and the demography of the APCR, the existing large urban centers in the Capital Region such as Vijayawada with a population of 1,048,240 and Guntur with a population of 651,382 in 2011 are expected to grow rapidly along with the new capital development. In response to the situation, APCRDA requested the technical cooperation from the Government of Japan to develop the Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Study for the APCR.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "The main objective of our support is to contribute to social and economic development of the state of Andhra Pradesh by formulating a Comprehensive Smart Transport Master Plan for the APCR, which may lead ideal transportation, and also by enhancing the capacity of APCRDA officials and concerned stakeholders in the transportation planning sector through the experience of the development of the master plans.
The study will formulate a comprehensive master plan including immediate action plans to create effective traffic and transportation in 12 Urban Local Bodies in APCR with, short- and medium-term transport development plans and long-term transport plans and policies and strategies. The study will also conduct trainings and knowledge transfer which are composed of on-the-job trainings, workshops and seminars and training programs in Japan for APCRDA officials and concerned stakeholders during the study period. Japanese experts will be dispatched for assisting APRCDA in the operations on field surveys, plan, design and supervision of the master plan.
In the state of Andhra Pradesh, some other projects in collaboration with JICA are also ongoing such Andhra Pradesh Rural High Voltage Distribution System Project for which JICA extended 18,590 million Japanese Yen (approx. INR 1,134 crore) and Andhra Pradesh Irrigation and Livelihood Improvement Project for which JICA extended 23,974 million Japanese Yen (approx. INR 1,462 crore) for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state. In addition to those loan projects, there are currently 2 Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) actively working in the states.
Establish, by a specific law, as an incorporated administrative agency 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 cooperation 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.