Japanese PM, Modi to lay foundation for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to India starting Wednesday is expected to set the pace for greater cooperation between the two countries, especially in the aerospace sector. There are discussions going on. and we hope that there will be concrete development in that area (during the bilateral talks),” said Verma during the media briefing ahead of the Japanese Prime Ministers visit. This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe.

Work is to begin on India's first high-speed rail project - known as the Indian Bullet Train - thanks to financial and technical support from Japan. They will also visit the "Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali" - a famous 16th-century mosque in Ahmedabad.

Japan Railways has appointed Sanjeev Sinha as Advisor for project of Ahmadabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail. North Korea undoubtedly has become the cause of the most severe migraine that Japan has had since the USA started providing a security umbrella after the end of the Second World War 72 years ago.

In a packed itinerary, Prime Minister Abe and his host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would arrive in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon and shall visit Mahatma Gandhi's abode Sabarmati Ashram later in the evening. The nuclear pact, signed in November 2016, is expected to help foreign players build atomic power reactors in India with equipment from Japan. Talking about the expected fare structure of the bullet train, a railway board official, on the condition of anonymity, said, "It is too early to decide the fare structure, but the fares will definitely be higher than the first AC fare of mail express".

Abe and Modi are also expected to exchange views on North Korea, which carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 despite repeated warnings from the global community, according to Japanese government officials.

Should work progress as planned, the project should be completed by December 2023.

The project will be based on Japan's Shinkansen high-speed rail technology and Japan is also providing a soft loan of 880 bln rupees, accounting for 81% of the total estimated project cost of 1.08 trln rupees.

Ahmedabad district collector Avantika Singh said the Japanese first lady will visit various institutions where she will interact with people, and deliver a lecture on climate change at the Gujarat University.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project is a key project of the NDA government that is expected to reduce the travel time between two cities by almost five hours.

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