JICA's Rs 226 bn loan boosts Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project

01 Dec 2023

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Indian government have formalised a groundbreaking agreement, solidifying an official development assistance loan of Rs 226.27 billion as the fifth tranche for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project. This substantial commitment not only represents a significant financial boost but also stands as the largest loan ever provided by the Japanese government agency in its history.

The estimated cost for the ambitious 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project is approximately Rs 1.25 trillion, with JICA expected to contribute a substantial 88% of the financing. Illustrating the magnitude of this commitment, a JICA representative stated, "JICA has been supporting the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project by providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans with a cumulative commitment amount of Japanese Yen 1 trillion (Rs 593.96 billion) since 2017."

This financial commitment from JICA goes beyond mere monetary support, encompassing various technical contributions. These include feasibility studies, detailed design work, training programs in Japan, collaboration on station area development, and the involvement of Japanese Shinkansen experts working alongside the executing agency, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation.

In response to the agreement, the Indian government expressed gratitude for the enduring partnership with Japan. A government spokesperson stated, "This commitment not only strengthens the financial aspect but also brings invaluable technical expertise, ensuring the successful realisation of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project."

Beyond the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor, the Indian government is actively planning high-speed rail connectivity in three major cities?New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata. The National High-Speed Rail Corporation, a 100% subsidiary of Rail Vikas Nigam, is spearheading the execution of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor.

This partnership between JICA and the Indian government not only cements a historic financial commitment but also underscores the collaborative efforts between the two nations in advancing high-speed rail technology and infrastructure.

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