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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.


After donating Rs 50 lakh to CM relief funds, actor Rajinikanth urges everyone to follow Covid safety guidelines



Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai to extend his support to the state’s effort to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The superstar also contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Last week, the newly-elected chief minister had appealed to the public and the private organisations to generously contribute towards relief work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I request people to follow all the safety guidelines laid down by the government. Only then we will be able to defeat the coronavirus pandemic,” Rajinikanth told reporters after meeting with the chief minister.

And answering Stalin’s appeal, the who’s who of the Tamil film fraternity have been making significant contributions to the CM’s fund. Earlier, Ajith donated Rs 25 lakh and Suriya along with his father Sivakumar and brother Karthi gave a combined cheque of Rs 1 crore for the fund. Director AR Murugadoss ( Rs 25 lakh), actor Sivakarthikeyan (Rs 25 lakh), director Vetri Maaran (10 lakh), actor Jayam Ravi, his brother Mohan Raja and their father Mohan (made a joint donation of Rs 10 lakh), Soundarya Rajinikanth, her husband Vishagan and father-in-law SS Vanangamudi (together donated Rs 1 crore), Sun Pictures (Rs 30 crore) and many others have already contributed to the state’s relief fund.

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