JICA signs agreement for Mass Transport projects in India
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently signed two agreements with the Government of India to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) and the Kolkata East-West Metro Project.
With the signing of this third loan agreement for the Kolkata Metro Project, the cumulative loan amount provided by JICA for Metro projects in India (including Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad Metro) exceeds 1.2 trillion Japanese Yen (Rs 73,710Cr).
The objective of the project is to develop a high-frequency mass transportation system by constructing the High-Speed Rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, using Japan’s Shinkansen technology (also known as the ‘Bullet Train’), thereby enhancing mobility in India and contributing to regional economic development.
The other big project that Japan and India have embarked upon is the building a metro rail system between Howrah Maidan to Salt Lake Sector V, including an underwater section, as a part of the ‘Kolkata East-West Metro Project (III)’.
The project involves an ambitious tunnel crossing below river Ganga in between Howrah and Mahakaran stations which will be the first transportation tunnel in India under any mighty river. The elevated portion is planned with the construction of piers mainly on the median of the road, while the underground section is planned with shield tunnelling method by using tunnel boring machines and stations by ‘cut & cover’ method.
The Project will connect Howrah Maiden to Salt Lake Sector V through Esplanade and provide an improved access to the public from the west gateway area to the central business district as well as the residential-cum-institutional complex areas.