NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that Japan is investing over Rs 10,000 crore in Northeast, in various infrastructure related projects in the region.
The Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu called on Dr Jitendra Singh to discuss the status of the ongoing projects, which are coming up with the Japanese collaboration.
The Ambassador appreciated the cooperation received from the Modi Government in the last four years and the close personal follow-up by Dr Jitendra Singh in facilitating the Japanese engagement in the region.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, Japan had a special affinity for the North Eastern region of India because during the World War-II, it had lost several thousands of its soldiers fighting on the eastern borders.
He recalled that over three years back, he had suggested to the Japanese authorities to enhance their cooperation and engagement in the region, and he was glad that Japan was now making a significant contribution, particularly in road and power sector, in different North Eastern States, especially Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and Nagaland.
The Japanese Ambassador gave a detailed presentation about the nine ongoing development projects in the North Eastern region which were supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in India.
He further informed that the important projects supported by JICA in the North Eastern region included the Water supply and sewerage projects in Guwahati and a number of projects under three phases of the Northeast Connectivity Plan.
He said, the JICA is also supporting three new projects including the Umian Umtru Hydro Power Stage-III Project in Meghalaya.
Another area which the Japanese authorities were exploring for investment was the Bamboo sector.
Dr Jitendra Singh assured the Ambassador of full cooperation from the Ministry of DoNER in facilitating the Japanese engagement in the North-Eastern region which, he hoped, would increase in the years to come.