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High-speed Rail: Japan, Canada evince interest

Published: 13th September 2012 11:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2012 11:57 AM   |  A+A-

Japan and Canada have expressed their interest in the Rs 1.8 lakh-crore high-speed rail corridor project from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargod, said T Balakrishnan, chairman and managing director, the Kerala High-speed Rail Corporation Ltd (KHSRCL). He was speaking to Express on the sidelines of the ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet here on Wednesday.

He said that an American company will start an electric scooter assembling unit at the Standard Designs Module (SDM) in Angamaly. The agreement for the same will be signed soon, he added.

Apart from its campus in Kochi, the UK-based Shadwells Education Group will start its new campus in Malappuram.

Meanwhile, Japan is also keen on building business relationships with Kerala and expressed its willingness to cooperate with projects related to the information and communication technology and healthcare sectors. Conveying this at the country session held in connection with Emerging Kerala, delegates from Japan said as of October 2011, there are 812 Japanese companies in India, of which 47 are in Kerala.  “Electronics and logistics top the list of areas in which Japan partners Kerala,” said Japan External Trade Organisation deputy director Hajime Nakamura.

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