Japan to Provide India Loan for Metro Projects

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New Delhi: Japan will give loan worth Rs 5,479 crore to India for Chennai and Ahmedabad Metro projects, the Finance Ministry said on Sunday.

Both countries have signed agreements in this regard. India and Japan have signed agreements “for an official development assistance loan of an amount of JPY 19.981 billion (about Rs 1,069 crore) for the Chennai Metro Rail Project (IV) and JPY 82.434 billion (about Rs 4,410 crore) for Ahmedabad Metro Project,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

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In last few years, economic cooperation between India and Japan has strengthened and grown into strategic partnership, he said.

The agreements were signed by the Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs S Selvakumar and Yutaka Kikuta, Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan to India, here on last Friday.

India attaches highest importance to infrastructure projects, it said, adding that an important component of infrastructure is urban infrastructure.

“Within urban infrastructure, provision of metro rail gains more importance because of its environment friendly nature. It reduces the traffic congestion in the cities where the traffic is over flowing and also reduces Green House Gas Emission,” the statement said.