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  • Writer's pictureShailendra Kumar

MoHUA, MoR, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Jointly signed MOU for Project SMART

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for four High-Speed Rail Stations: Sabarmati, Surat in Gujarat, and Virar and Thane in Maharashtra, out of the total 12 stations along the route. Surat, Virar, and Thane are classified as Greenfield developments, while Sabarmati is a Brownfield development.The project aims to facilitate and strengthen the institutional capacity of State Governments, Municipal Corporations, and Urban Development Authorities in planning, developing, and managing the surrounding areas of MAHSR stations.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), along with the Governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), are organizing a series of Seminars and field visits for the Project-SMART in Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai. The first seminar of the series took place at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi on May 8, 2023. The seminar brought together officials from the Japan Embassy, JICA HQ, JICA India Office, JICA experts' team, Ministry of Railways, National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited, MoHUA, and TCPO for discussions.

The discussions held during the Seminars will contribute to the preparation of 'Station Area Development Plans' for Sabarmati, Surat, Virar, and Thane HSR Stations. Additionally, a model handbook will be created, which will contain the experiences and methodologies adopted in Japan, India, and other countries for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Station Area Development.

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