The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently signed a technical cooperation agreement with the Government of India for ‘capacity development project on highways in mountainous regions’. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and state-level Public Works Departments (PWDs) institutional capacity will be strengthened with this tie up who are engaged in development of road network in mountain terrains. The agreement was signed by Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office and Niraj Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India.
Under the JICA’s cooperation, technical guidelines will be prepared for design, development and management of road network in mountainous regions, including for tunnels, high-pier bridges, earthworks, slope protection and waterways for the drainage. JICA will dispatch experts from Japan on highway engineering and management, and conduct technical training programs for Indian engineers and technical personnel, in partnership with the Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE), to enhance capacity of Indian government in planning, construction and management of highways in mountainous regions.