Modi discusses DMIC project with Japanese PM
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Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009, 21:55
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Mumbai and discussed various issues including the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project, a large area of which passes through Gujarat, government sources said here.

The meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes, was described as "fruitful" by the officials of the Chief Minister's office.

"The meeting will go a long way in strengthening relationship between Japan and Gujarat. The discussions focused on how to improve ties in the financial, industrial and infrastructure sector," they said.

"The meeting will open up new vistas of partnership in ship-building, solar energy and renewable energy initiatives," they added.

Modi apprised the Japanese PM of the pledges of investments to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crores made at the recent Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit in which Japan was a partner.

The Chief Minister thanked Hatoyama for Japan having agreed to be the country partner of the summit.

The sources quoted the Japanese PM as having said that the DMIC project will be a "core project for not only India but for the global economy".

Modi told the Japanese Premier that as a large area of the DMIC project corridor fell in Gujarat, which has a long sea coast and ports, the state stood to greatly benefit from it, officials said.

Modi also spoke about the ship-making industry with the Japanese Prime Minister, saying that Gujarat government plans to turn Alang in Bhavnagar --Asia's biggest ship-breaking yard -- into a hub for the ship-building industry.

Hatoyama informed Modi about advances made by Japan in ship-building technology.

Modi also apprised the Japanese leader of steps taken by his government in the field of solar energy, renewable energy, green environment technology and geo-engineering to fight global warming and climate change.

The Japanese leader assured Gujarat Chief Minister of his country's support to the state in these sectors.

To promote cultural bonding with the Asian economic giant, Modi listed the efforts undertaken by the state government for protecting Buddhist religious sites.


First Published: Monday, December 28, 2009, 21:55

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