PM Modi, Shinzo Abe launch India’s first bullet train project

RSTV Bureau

Modi Abe bullet train AhmedabadPrime Minister Narendra Modi along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad on Thursday morning.

The high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during launch of Bullet train project in Ahmedabad. Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during launch of Bullet train project in Ahmedabad. Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI

Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by PM Modi.

“India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global,” said the Japanese PM at the launch event.

PM Modi said the bullet train will be extremely beneficial for the state. He also said it was a milestone for the country.

“High speed connectivity is a priority for progress,” said PM Modi after he inaugurated the ambitious rail project.

The Prime Minister also thanked the Japanese PM for investing in the project and providing a cheap loan.

While covering the 508-km stretch between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the train is scheduled to make stops at 10 stations – Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand and Sabarmati.

Later in the day, the two leaders will hold the 12th Indo-Japan annual Summit meeting at Gandhinagar after which agreements will be signed between the two countries. L

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during launch of Bullet train project in Ahmedabad. Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during launch of Bullet train project in Ahmedabad. Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@ANI

An India-Japan business plenary meeting is also scheduled to expand trade and investment between the two sides.

Fifteen agreements will be signed for investments in Gujarat during the visit of the Japanese prime minister, Gujarat chief secretary J N Singh said on Wednesday.