Time of event

17:00–18:30 Tokyo time


Greater high-speed rail development in Asia will require policy makers and industry partners to navigate complex planning, design, construction, operational, and maintenance issues, as well as increasingly challenging domestic socioeconomic and political conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This ADBI-Japan Railway Technical Service (JARTS)-Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Madras session was the first in a learning series to examine key aspects of high-speed rail construction and management. The session explored megaproject governance and innovation, with a focus on megaproject experiences in India and the United Kingdom.

The session included English-Japanese simultaneous interpreting.

  • Discuss planning, design, construction, operational, and maintenance considerations for advancing high-speed rai megaprojects in Asia
  • Assess socioeconomic and political challenges that can hinder project development and ways to address them
  • Highlight megaproject case studies from India and the United Kingdom and lessons learned
  • Government officials and representatives from high-speed rail operators in Asia and Europe
  • Industry experts from think tanks, universities, and international organizations
  • Young researchers and university students
  • Enhanced understanding of megaproject-driven high-speed rail development challenges and solutions
  • Project experience-sharing between policy makers, industry practitioners, and researchers
  • ADBI policy briefs and case studies
  • Edited volume drawing upon the session presentations and key messages
  • Indian Institutes of Technology, Kanpur and Madras
  • Japan Railway Technical Service
  • World Conference of Transport Research Society
Conference Presentations

Presentation 1: Megaprojects Governance, Value Creation and Distribution
Nuno Gil, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester


Presentation 2: Innovating in Megaprojects
Andrew Davies, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex


Presentation 3: Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project
Rajendra Prasad, Director/Projects, National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited


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