Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday that enhancing connectivity from the Arabian Sea to the South China Sea is essential for the future of Asia.
The minister said,in Assam itself, Japan was involved in the drinking water and sewerage network system in the state capital Guwahati.
Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki said, “Development in the North East is essential if India is to achieve a $ 5 trillion economy.”
Referring to the bridge across the Brahmaputra, also known as the Dhubri-Phubari- Bridge, Suzuki said it “reduces travel time over the magnificent Brahmaputra River from 8 hours to less than 30 minutes”.
Speaking at an event in Guwahati on the topic of India’s law eastern policy and India-Japan cooperation, Jaishankar said, Assam had played a role in connecting India with Korea and Japan in the past.
In his speech, the Narendra Modi government outlined the programs it has undertaken in recent times to connect Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan as well as Vietnam and Japan by land, air and sea.
The 20-kilometer bridge across the Brahmaputra River, which is being built with Japanese assistance, is an inland waterway project connecting Assam with Bhutan and Bangladesh, a power grid that transports electricity from India’s neighbors to Bihar via Assam, and a three – way road connecting Myanmar and Thailand to Myanmar and Thailand.