The two-days visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with his wife Akie Abe to India that began on Wednesday, 13th September 2017 is being hailed as a game changer in terms of economic development of India and Japan. One of the most important development to take place is the launch of the Bullet Train project, that shall run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
In Ahmedabad, PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation for Rs 1.1 lakh crore bullet train project today near the Sabarmati Railway Station. It is a joint venture between the Indian Railways and Japanese firm Shinkansen Technology. This first high-speed bullet train will connect Mumbai-Ahmedabad.
“Bullet train will depart from ‘aamru’ Ahmedabad to ‘aamchi’ Mumbai”, said PM Modi. He further added that Government wants that common man of our country gets to use high end technology. For running this train, the modern training will be provided to youth at PM ModiRailway training institute in Vadodara.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Railway minister Piyush Goyal and many other ministers expresses their gratitude towards Japan.
“India has a friend which has given it a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at 0.1 per cent interest for the bullet train,” Modi said thanking Japan for providing financial and technical assistance in this project. “Ek prakar se mufat mein poora project bannta jaaraha hai.” “PM Modi had taken a decision two years back of getting high-speed railways and for this, he chose Japan’s Shinkansen”, said Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
Although the project is expected to deliver the first train by year 2023, PM Narendra Modi wants the bullet train to start on 15 August 2022, stated Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. India will complete 75 years of independence in 2022.