Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune Bullet Train, Ahmedabad-Dholera Metro and setting up two Japanese Industrial Estates in Gujarat Narendra Modi’s major agenda

Gandhinagar, Thursday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is leaving here on Sunday, July 22, 2012 on a four-day official tour of Japan on an invitation of Government of Japan. A big delegation of top industrialists and businessmen of Gujarat, who have forged Indo-Japanese partnership in different sectors, will also accompany him.

It is perhaps for the first time that the Japanese Government has invited a chief minister of a state or province of any country to visit their country, usually this reserved for heads of a nation.

Incidentally, Japan was a ‘partner country’ in two previous edition of the state’s flagship event biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit, and visibly impressed by the all round development in the state.

Gujarat is also having a major share occupying maximum land portion in the ongoing inter-state ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project being undertaken by India in collaboration with Japanese Government.

As per the itinerary, Mr. Modi is scheduled to attend as many as 44 functions during visit to Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe provinces. He will address leading corporate honchos of Japan and India at including seminars on three different sectors to explore industrial investment. He will participate in high-level round table conferences to strengthen economic, industrial and cultural relations between Japan and Gujarat, and brief the compatriots about Gujarat’s Vision for 21st Century.

The Chief Minister is also scheduled to discuss policy matters with top functionaries of Government of Japan for different joint sector projects, and address meetings of Japan-India Parliamentary Fellowship League and India Centre Foundation.

He will travel from Tokyo to Hamamatsu and then from Hamamatsu to Nagoya by Japan’s Bullet Trains to have the firsthand feel of the ride. He will discuss details of ambitious Bullet Train on Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune section and Ahmedabad-Dholera Metro Bullet Train, besides two Japanese Industrial Parks to be set up by Japan in Gujarat as part of DMIC.

He will take round of the modern seaport at Kobe to develop ports on the same lines in Gujarat. He will share Gujarat’s experience in disaster management with Japan, in the light of recent severe earthquake in the region.

This visit is being considered as a great opportunity to strengthen mutual relations between Gujarat and Japan, as well as in Gujarat taking a leading role in Indian economy.

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PM holds a high level meeting on oxygen supply and availability
April 22, 2021

PM Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the oxygen supply across the country and discuss ways and means to boost its availability. The officials briefed him on the efforts undertaken in the last few weeks to improve the supply of oxygen.

PM spoke about the need to work rapidly on multiple aspects: increasing production of oxygen, increasing the speed of distribution & using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities.

PM was informed that an elaborate exercise is being done in co-ordination with the states to identify their demand for oxygen and ensure adequate supply accordingly. PM was briefed on how oxygen supply to states is steadily increasing. Against the present demand from 20 states of 6,785 MT/ day of Liquid Medical Oxygen, Government of India has from 21st April, allocated 6,822 MT/ day to these states.

It was noted that in the last few days, availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen has been increased by about 3,300 MT/ day with contributions from private and public steel plants, industries, oxygen manufacturers as well as through prohibition of supply of oxygen for non-essential industries.

Officers informed the PM that they are working together with the states to operationalize the sanctioned PSA oxygen plants as soon as possible.

PM directed the officials to ensure that oxygen supply to various states happen in a smooth, unhindered manner. He spoke about the need to fix responsibility with the local administration in cases of obstruction. He also asked ministries to explore various innovative ways to increase production & supply of oxygen.

Various measures are being undertaken to rapidly increase the availability of cyrogenic tankers through conversion of nitrogen and argon tankers, import and airlifting of tankers as well as manufacturing them.

PM stressed on the need to ensure faster transportation of oxygen to the states. It was discussed that Railways is being used for rapid and non-stop long distance transport of tankers. First rake has reached from Mumbai to Vizag to transport 105 MT of LMO. Similarly, empty oxygen tankers are also being air-lifted to Oxygen suppliers to reduce one way journey time in oxygen supply.

Representatives from the medical community also spoke about the need for judicious use of oxygen and how an audit in some states has decreased oxygen demand without affecting the condition of patients.

PM also stressed that the states should come down heavily on hoarding.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Home Secretary, Health Secretary & Officials from Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Minstry of Road Transport, Pharmaceuticals, NiTi Aayog.