Japan to drive Amaravati transport plan

  • JICA inks pact with CRDA

From Our Correspondent

Amaravati: Japan has agreed to work with the Andhra Pradesh Government in providing transportation strategy for its capital, Amaravati. A delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and offered help.

The delegation also inked a pact with the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to give a strategic plan for the transportation in the new capital. The delegation, headed by JICA South Asia Director Inada Kyosuke signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CRDA commissioner Dr Cherukuri Sreedhar.

The JICA would study the master plan of the government for the new capital and would give a detailed proposal on the traffic and transportation. It would also study the nature of traffic in all the metropolitan cities in the country and evolve a strategy to address the traffic issues in the new capital.

The CRDA Commissioner had also requested the JICA delegation to help the State Government by promoting investments from Japan in the new capital city. Sreedhar asserted that the JICA had agreed to explore the possibilities of pooling investments in the proposed sports city in Amaravati. As the government is making arrangements to hold the 2019 national games in the new capital, the CRDA chief requested JICA to invest in sports infrastructure in the capital. He also said that the Buddhist connection to Amaravati would help in building better relations with Japan and other countries.

Dr Sridhar said that the government had also invited the Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama to hold the next Kalachakra in the capital. The Kalachakra was earlier held at Amaravati in 2006 which had made India to look into the Buddhist link to the land. The next Kalachakra would promote the Buddhist connectivity with Andhra Pradesh, particularly with its new capital Amaravati.

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