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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have jointly laid down the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train, which is being constructed between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, here in Ahemedabad. In his address Abe said that Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global too. This would give fillip to make in india project as well.
“A strong India is in Japan’s interest and a strong Japan is in India’s interest,” Abe said after laying the foundation stone of the project at a ground at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.
My good friend PM is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India. He expressed hope that he would enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years.
While PM Modi said that the bullet train project will provide speed and progress, and deliver results quickly. Their government’s focus is on increasing productivity through high speed connectivity. The Prime Minister thanked Japan for the technical and financial help given to India, for this project. He praised Prime Minister Abe for the fact that this project is being launched within such a short time.
The Prime Minister said that this high speed railway would not only bring two cities closer, but also bring the people living hundreds of kilometers away, closer to each other. A a new economic system is being developed along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, and the entire area would become a single economic zone.
The Prime Minister said technology is useful only if it provides benefit to the common man. This would give fillip to the “Make in India” initiative. The project would be eco-friendly as well as human-friendly. He said “high-speed corridors” would be regions for rapid growth in the future.
The Rs 1.10 lakh crore 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.
Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi. The project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology.
The PMs of the two countries also laid the foundation stone for an institute that will come up at Vadodara, where around 4,000 people will be trained for the bullet train project, in coming days. This would give fillip to Make in India project too.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis were also present at the venue