New Delhi: Japan Railways had appointed IIT Kanpur alumni Sanjeev Sinha as advisor for project of Ahmadabad-Mumbai high speed bullet train.
In a conversation with Economic Times, Sinha said, “I will be the interface between the two governments. This is a prestigious project but extremely complex. Converting the political will into actual execution will take a lot of effort.”Sinha had earlier worked with Goldman Sachs, Mizuho Securities, UBS Investment Bank and as Chief Country Representative in Japan for Tata Asset Management and Tata Realty and Infrastructure, a private equity fund.
The ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project said to be cost around Rs 1 crore and would be backed by Japan’s low cost financing.
The much-awaited bullet train project would be based on Japnese technology.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the bullet train project, would be performed in Ahmedabad on September 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Both the leaders are expected to stay here for three days, starting from September 13.
“Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and our PM would arrive in Gujarat on September 13 afternoon. The next morning, they would attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the high speed rail project at the Sabarmati railway station. Both of them are expected to leave on September 15 morning,” the official earlier told reporters.
Apart from this project, various MoUs related to investments and tie-ups would also be signed in the presence of these leaders, the official said, adding that bilateral talks will also be held between the two here. The high speed railway line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to cover 508 kilometers in about two hours with an operating speed of around 320 kmph. It is expected to become operational by 2023.
Sanjeev Sinha, hailing from Barmer Rajasthan in relative proximity to Ahmedabad, is a graduate of IIT Kanpur. He is a prominent Indian resident of Japan for 21 years. He has worked with Goldman Sachs, Mizuho Securities, UBS Investment Bank and as Chief Country Representative in Japan for Tata Asset Management and Tata Realty and Infrastructure, a private equity fund.