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2018-10-29 ArtNo.46417
◆Modi to discuss second tranche of loan for bullet train project during Japan visit




【New Delhi】Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during his two-day visit to Japan starting October 28. The second tranche of ODA loan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train project is expected to be finalised during the discussions.
 The issues include on-going and future infrastructure project funding such as the high-speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, partnership in promoting start-ups, cooperation in digital technology, development of Indo-Pacific region and defence tie-ups, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on October 25.
 India also hopes to have some kind of synergy or integration between Modi’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, which has been projected as the largest medicare programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programme which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.
 The Indian PM is visiting Japan to attend the 13th bilateral annual summit which is the fifth one to be attended by him, Gokhale added.

○Pune to host country's first Urban Mobility Lab




【Pune】Pune has been selected as India's first Lighthouse City in NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) grand challenge and will have India's first Urban Mobility Lab.
 Solutions providers from across India will develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune City through the Urban Mobility Lab, a program that will be run by the Pune Municipal Corporation and Rocky Mountain Institute. Eight leading solutions providers from across India and four multi-stakeholder working groups will participate in develop innovative mobility solutions for Pune City. Ashok Leyland, Lithium Urban Technologies, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ola Cabs, Ridlr, SUN Mobility, Tata Motors and Transit Intelligence are the companies participating in the Urban Mobility Lab.
 Saurabh Rao, Municipal Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation said, "Rapid urbanization poses challenges to the mobility of our citizens. As we pave the way to the future of mobility, from our urban street design guidelines to our BRT system, much work remains to make life easier for the people of Pune. We look forward to supporting the mobility solutions coming out of the Urban Mobility Lab and continuing to establish Pune as a leading example of the future of mobility in Indian cities."
 Ashish Kumar Singh, principal secretary, (transport & ports), home department, government of Maharashtra, said the state government was looking at transition to shared, connected and electric mobility.

【News source】

Modi to discuss second tranche of loan for bullet train project during Japan visit

Pune to host country’s first Urban Mobility Lab

Pune selected as India’s first lighthouse city for Urban Mobility Lab

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