The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a technical cooperation agreement with the Indian Government for “capacity development project on highways in mountainous regions”. The project will provide for strengthening of institutional capacity of organizations engaged in development of road network in mountain terrains, such as the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and State-level Public Works Departments (PWDs). The agreement assumes significance for the North East as the MoRTH has assigned high priority on development of national highways in the mountainous regions to enhance local connectivity, especially in the North East, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. The newly-started technical cooperation represents JICA’s attempts to further its cooperation in the transport sector, which would play a pivotal role for economic and social development in India. Under the JICA’s cooperation, technical guidelines will be prepared for design, development and management of road network in mountainous regions, including for tunnels, high-pier bridges, earthworks, slope protection and waterways for drainage.
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