Date Of Post : 20 Feb, 2018
Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the first day of his Japan visit and sought technical assistance for a “high-speed rail link” as a “peace corridor” to link important places on the Buddhist Circuit. Both leaders discussed opportunities for investors in tourism, agriculture & food processing sectors in Bihar after Abe spoke of close ties between India & Japan.
- The meeting took place after Nitish was welcomed by the India’s ambassador to Japan, Sujan R. Chinoy, at Tokyo airport and attended a lunch hosted by Japanese state minister for foreign affairs Kazuyuki Nakane.
- Nitish said in his meeting with Abe,”We expect technical assistance for a high-speed rail link that will connect places on the Buddhist Circuit being developed in Bihar. This link will be developed as a ‘peace corridor’.”
- “We are working to connect Patna to Gaya, Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda with assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It needs to be extended to Vaishali so that the project’s relevance increases and tourism possibilities become stronger,” Nitish said.
- Nitish also thanked Abe for JICA’s involvement in projects in Bihar and said the detailed project report (DPR) of Patna Metro and Japanese assistance in Nalanda University will be discussed with members of Abe’s cabinet.
- The chief minister also met International High-speed Railway Association’s chairman Masafumi Shukuri to discuss high speed rail link and invited him to Bihar with his experts to conduct a pre-survey for the project.