Date of Post: 18 Sep, 2017
On September 15, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed loan agreements with the Government of India in Delhi to provide Japanese ODA loans of up to a total of 144.254 billion yen for four projects.
One of the projects is the Construction of Training Institute for High Speed Rail, which is to make use of the Japanese Shinkansen technology and know-how, to create a system in order to train human resources for operation and maintenance of a high speed railway (approximately 500 kilometers) planned for construction between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in West Central India.
The four projects under the grant agreements are described below.
(1) Project for the Construction of Training Institute for Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (loan amount: 10.453 billion yen)
(2) Dedicated Freight Corridor Project (Procurement of Electric Locomotives) (loan amount: 108.456 billion yen)
(3) Gujarat Investment Promotion Program (loan amount: 16.825 billion yen)
(4) Project for Upgradation of Environmental Management for Ship Recycling in Alang and Sosiya in Gujarat (loan amount: 8.52 billion yen)
Training Institute for Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail
(1) Project for the Construction of Training Institute for Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail
(a) Objective and Summary
The project will provide training facilities to develop human resources engaged in the operation and maintenance of high speed rail in Gujarat State in West Central India and will enhance the training system, thereby contributing to efficient management and maintenance of high speed rail and safe and pleasant transportation.
(b) Background and Necessity
Private vehicles and buses account for 85 percent of the transportation means that connect Mumbai, Maharashtra State, which is the second largest city in India, and Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, which has achieved rapid development in recent years as an industrial and commercial city. Both states have high growth rates, which exceed the average rate of India overall, and higher-income households are inclined to use airplanes and other such transportation means to travel long distances in a short amount of time. Because of such factors, it is expected that a high speed railway capable of transporting a large number of passengers in a short time and running at high frequency will play an important role in the transportation system. Multiple high speed railways have therefore been planned for construction in India, and agreement was reached, as issued in a joint Japan-India statement in December 2015, to utilize Japanese high speed rail technology and experience for a route between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and further study related financial and technical assistance can be provided. Since this would be the first high speed railway in India, it is necessary to train human resources in management and maintenance before the inauguration of the railway.
Completion of the project by September 2020 – when the facilities are put into service
National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) is implementing the project of high speed train corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Completion of project: September 2020 – when the facilities are put into service
Source: JICA | Image Credit