New Delhi: The country's symbol of progress Delhi Metro, which was built with the assistance from Japanese government, has been awarded with this year's Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Award for its contributions to Indo-Japan ties.

Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh received the award at a function today here in the presence of Shinya Ejima, Chief Representative, JICA, Hiroshi Suzuki, Senior Representative, JICA and M P Singh, Additional Chief Development Specialist.

The new age transport system was chosen in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the development of human resources, society and the economy in India and to the enhancement of friendly relations and mutual understanding between India and Japan.

The JICA President Award is given either to an individual or an organisation that is associated with JICA and whose contribution in the field of development is recognised to be of immense significance in a developing society.

Delhi Metro was built with loan assistance from JICA.     In the past, the award has mostly been given to Japanese organisations involved in research, social work and medical service.

A commendation certificate along with a tribute to this effect duly signed by Akihiko Tanaka, President of JICA, was presented to Singh.

"This honour will go a long way in strengthening the bilateral ties between India and Japan and will encourage us to cooperate with each other in many such projects in the days to come," Singh said.


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