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Heavyweight help: India to lend Mauritius USD 200 mn for its light metro project

Heavyweight help: India to lend Mauritius USD 200 mn for its light metro project

At a ceremony organised for the commemoration of the first arrival of the indentured labourers to Mauritius, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam confirmed receipt of a letter from India to provide USD 200 million (approximately MUR 6.41 billion) to make this project a reality. (Image: Asunews) 

Reaffirming the close ties between India and Mauritius, the Asian emerging economy is poised to lend the island nation USD 200 million for its light metro project.

With assurance from the Indian Minister of foreign affairs, Sushma Swaraj that India will provide the island USD 200 million (approximately MUR 6.41 billion) to make this project a reality, it appears that Mauritius’ light metro project is still very much in the pipeline and it might be possible to get it back on track.

At a ceremony organised for the commemoration of the first arrival of the indentured labourers to Mauritius, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam confirmed receipt of a letter from India relating to the issue on November 18, 2014.

It may be noted that previously, the Mauritius’ government approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for a light rail project that will cover over 37 kilometres from the capital city to the centre of the country, linking capital city Port-Louis and residential hub Curepipe.

The senior official mentioned that the DMRC has the expertise to develop Metro networks in any terrain now — underground, overground or underwater. Thus, in case the Mauritius government decides to take help from the DMRC, it is well-equipped to come to their assistance.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister made it clear to the public that the island must be confident that the metro will see the light of day, because India has demonstrated its belief that the light metro plan of action drawn by Mauritius can be implemented.

Through this light metro project, there will be more employment avenues for Mauritians, and, according to the Prime Minister, commercial centres will be built at every metro stop, spurring further consumption and job creation.

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