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JICA to assist in traffic management in Andhra capital region



Japan International Cooperation Agency, Andhra Pradesh, Record of Discussions, Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority, Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office


New Delhi/Vijayawada: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will implement a technical cooperation project for traffic and transportation in the new capital region of Andhra Pradesh. JICA on Wednesday signed the Record of Discussions (R/D) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Government of India for implementing the project titled ‘Comprehensive Traffic and Transport Study for Andhra Pradesh Capital Region’.

The study will be implemented in coordination with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA). The record was signed in the national capital in the presence of Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner, APCRDA; Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Takayoshi Tange, Senior Representative, JICA India office.

The APCRDA was enacted through the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act 2014 with an area of 8,603.32 square km to establish the new capital of Andhra Pradesh and for planning, coordination, execution, supervision, financing, promoting and securing the planned development of the capital region.

As existing large urban centres such as Vijayawada and Guntur are expected to grow rapidly along with the new capital, APCRDA requested technical cooperation from the Government of Japan to develop the comprehensive traffic and transportation study for the APCR.

“The main objective of our support is to contribute to social and economic development of the state of Andhra Pradesh by formulating a Comprehensive Smart Transport Master Plan for the APCR, which may lead ideal transportation, and also by enhancing the capacity of APCRDA officials and concerned stakeholders in the transportation planning sector through the experience of the development of the master plans,” Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, said.


Manali gets more snow, Shimla awaits white covers



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Even as snow eluded Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla on Thursday, the picturesque tourist town of Manali experienced more snow, the season’s second this year. There will be no more rain or snow in the hills from Friday, officials said.

“Manali, and the hills overlooking it, experienced mild to moderate snow,” an official at the meteorological office here told IANS.

According to the Met office, Shimla recorded 15.9 mm rainfall. However, its nearby tourists resorts like Kufri had plentiful snow.

The Met said weather would remain dry after Thursday as western disturbances would recede from the region.

The picturesque Kothi, near Manali, recorded 60 cm snowfall, the highest in the state, while Kufri and Manali had recorded a fair amount of snow.

Shimla residents shivered as icy winds brought down the minimum temperature to 2.8 degrees Celsius. Shimla saw intermittent rain throughout the day.

Narkanda, some 65 km from Shimla, experienced snow, turning the hill station even more picturesque.

Tourists from the plains began to descend on Manali and Kufri.

Kalpa, about 250 km from the state capital, experienced 17 cm of snow. It recorded a low of minus 0.6 degrees.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla districts have experienced moderate to heavy snow,” the official added.

Rains lashed towns in lower hills in Himachal such as Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi, pushing down the mercury.

Kasol in Kullu district recorded 50 mm of rain, the highest in the state.

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