People’s interest in Japanese cooperation in metro, rail projects high: Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister
Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister Akimoto Masatoshi was in Ahmedabad to inspect the sites of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail, popularly called the bullet train, and the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro rail projects at Kalupur railway station.
Both these projects have received soft loans from the Japanese government. Speaking to reporters, Masatoshi said that after going back to Japan, he’d convey the “enthusiasm, interest as well as expectations” that Indians have shown towards the Japanese government regarding the two projects.
“I have noticed a lot of interest among Indians in Japanese cooperation in high-speed rail and the metro projects. Japan has a bigger responsibility to respond to the expectations of the Indians,” he said. He said that his government would continue to cooperate with its Indian counterpart in the completion of the two projects.
The Japanese vice minister said that the site of the metro rail project near Kalupur railway station was supposed to be one of the most “difficult and complex sites of construction.” He said that project was “very difficult” and stated that Japan would continue to support India to make sure this difficult construction is completed.
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