Japan offers Rs13,000-cr funding for projects in North East

The government of Japan will provide investment support of 205.784 billion yen, equivalent to approximately Rs13,000 crore, for several ongoing as well as new projects in different states of India's North East. DoNER minister Jitendra Singh disclosed this after a meeting with the Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu, in New Delhiere today.

Some of the important projects in which Japan will collaborate include Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam, Northeast Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project spread over Assam and Meghalaya, Northeast Network Connectivity Improvement Project in Meghalaya, Bio-diversity Conservation and Forest Management Project in Sikkim, Sustainable Forest Management Project in Tripura, Technical Cooperation Project for Sustainable Agriculture and Irrigation in Mizoram, Forest Management Project in Nagaland, etc.
Jitendra Singh appreciated the Japanese contribution to the development and transformation of the North-Eastern region in the last three to four years. He said, in the times to come, new areas of collaboration will also be sought to be worked out, which could possibly include Bamboo-related collaboration.
Significantly, it was the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which amended the 90-year old "Indian Forest Act of 1919" of the British government to bring the home-grown bamboo out of its purview, he added.