Japan has offered to assist India in developing Intelligent Transport Systems(ITS) in urban areas of the country. The two countries identified new areas of cooperation in urban development sector at the meeting of the India-Japan Joint Working Group.

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Toursim will assist in developing ITS architecture, capacity development in respect of ITS besides in developing Ring Roads of major cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi etc. it will also hold working level meetings and exchange of knowledge in earthquake resistant construction technology.

India has suggested sharing information on sewage networks including water reuse and continued sharing of experiences in the field of urban transport.

Earleir, Shri Sinya Ejima, Chief Representative of JICA in India made a detailed presentation on JICA’s Operations in Urban Sector In India at the meeting.

Shinya Ejima, Chief representative of Jica in IndiaJICA is currently associated with 16 projects relating to sewerage and water supply with a total loan commitment of Rs.28,660 cr in the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa. Shri Ejima informed that current commitment of JICA’s assistance in urban sector including water and transport is of the order of Rs.2,40,000 cr.

JICA said, the challenges in water sector in India to be addressed are : Improvement in Operation & Maintenance (O&M) for efficient management of assets created, improvement in service delivery, improving financial position of urban local bodies, entrusting O&M to private sector through PPP model and promotion of re-use and recycling technologies to address water scarcity. Challenges in urban transport sector being: introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), optimal mechanism for introduction of Metro rail systems, introduction of regional transit systems, monorails and Light Rail Transport and technical assistance for preparing comprehensive mobility plans.