Friday , March 22 2019

Narendra Modi and Abe to lay foundation stone for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

Narendra Modi and Abe are expected to deliberate widely on bolstering defence and security bonds through annual Indo-Japan summit.


Ahmedabad: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese equivalent Shinzo Abe will place the foundation stone for the planned Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail Network, normally known as the bullet train, the Gujarat city today.

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Abe, who is on a 2-day visit to Gujarat, came to Ahmedabad with his spouse Akie on this Wednesday.

The bullet train, which has an ability to put up 750 people, is anticipated to reduce travel time amid the two cities from 7 to 3 hours.

A sum of about Rs 1.10 lakh crore will be paid on the project that is being moderately funded by Japan.

The deadline for its completion is December 2023, yet officials say there are suggestions that the government might seek a previous target of 2022.

The train will stop at each of the 12 railway stations on the way, but only for 165 seconds. A 21-km-long channel will be dug amid Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, of which 7 km will be underneath the water. The complete line will be at a raise of about 20 m which will lessen land acquisition.

After the placing of the foundation stone, an investment conference will also be conducted amid the Indian side and a Japanese delegation including representatives from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).

Today, both Modi and Abe will hold a yearly Indo-Japan summit. Enhancing cooperation in defence and security is probable to be the main focus area when they embrace the summit.

On Wednesday, Narendra Modi, Abe and Akie set-off on an 8-km road way in an open-roof jeep for the Sabarmati Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi spent a significant time in his lifetime.

Abe, who was in an official suit when he came at the Ahmedabad airport, put on kurta-pajama and a blue Nehru jacket, whereas his wife put on red salwar-kameez and a white stole to Sabarmati Ashram.

At the Sabarmati Ashram initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, Abe and his spouse paid tribute to the Father of the Nation.

The road show was designed to exhibit India’s cultural diversity, saw artists from numerous states executing on 28 stages set up by the roadside.

Modi, for the first time, had held a joint road show with a visiting head of government of a foreign nation, replicating the close affection he shares with Abe.

They later went to the iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque and had dinner at ‘Agashiye’ restaurant situated near the mosque.

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