Guwahati: In a significant development, the Japanese government has decided to invest 205.784 billion Yen (around Rs 13,000 core) in several ongoing as well as new projects in different parts of Northeast India.
The 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, Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project in Sikkim, Sustainable Forest management Project in Tripura, Technical Cooperation Project for Sustainable Agriculture and Irrigation in Mizoram and Forest Management Project in Nagaland, among others.
This was announced soon after a crucial meeting between Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister Dr Jitendra Singh and a high-level Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Appreciating the Japanese contribution for the overall development of the Northeast in last three to four years, the DoNER minister said that in times to come new areas of collaboration will also be sought to be worked out, which could possibly include projects related to bamboo.
It was the PM Narendra Modi-led government which amended the 90-year-old Indian Forest Act, 1990 of the British government to bring the home-grown bamboo out of its purview, the minister said.