Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured Japanese Consul General in Mumbai Fukahori Yasukata of accelerated infrastructure projects like high-speed rail, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Fadnavis gave the assurance Wednesday during a meeting with Yasukata and other Japanese officials. The high-speed rail project aims to run the train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on a high-speed rail corridor at a speed of 320 km/h, covering a distance of 508 km and 12 stations.
Meanwhile, police have arrested two people in Thane in connection with the attack on a Shiv Sena worker led by Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra, an official said. Harshawardhan Palande, deputy head of the Kalyan municipal unit in Sena, was injured in the attack on Wednesday and admitted to hospital, an official said. The incident had happened on Pune Link Road in Kalyan East. Four to five men had arrived in a car and attacked Palande with sticks, iron bars and choppers, a police official said.
In other news, Congress leaders from Western Maharashtra staged a protest in Pune against the Law Enforcement Directorate’s summons to party leader Sonia Gandhi. Among those who took part in the protest outside the Collectorate here were top leaders Prithviraj Chavan, Satej Patil, Praniti Shinde and Vishwajeet Kadam. “The BJP government is operating as if it does not want to follow the Constitution. They have taken a stand to end the opposition and we condemn such an act,” former state minister Satej Patil said.