Work on India's first 'Bullet Train' to begin Sept 14

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launching India's bullet train close on heels of India's border row with China

Work on India's first 'Bullet Train' to begin Sept 14

After Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit in 2014, Prime Minister Abe is the second world leader to be hosted in Gujarat.

The train will reduce the travel time between the two cities from eight to three-3.5 hours, and is expected to complete by December 2023. Also, PM Modi said, "India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors". The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership programme setting its future direction, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. The fastest train now operating between Mumbai Central and Ahmedabad Junction is the Duronto Express, which takes approximately 7 hours running non-stop between the two cities at a maximum speed of 120 km/h.

He is likely to visit Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi's Karmabhoomi and Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali, an excellent model of Indo-Saracenic architecture. North Korea undoubtedly has become the cause of the most severe migraine that Japan has had since the United States started providing a security umbrella after the end of the Second World War 72 years ago.

In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe will take part in a road show in Ahmedabad. Indeed, the Maruti-Suzuki manufactured vehicles in India are exported to 125 countries, a genuine success story for the company, Suzuki, which was once on the verge of bankruptcy because of stiff competition from much larger rivals in Japan like Toyota, Honda and Nissan. "Outcomes are under discussions right now and it won't be proper for me to comment at this stage".

According to the Yomiuri survey, 50 percent of respondents said they think highly of Abe, while 37 percent said they do not think highly of the Japanese prime minister.

On Thursday, the two leaders will inaugurate the Rs1.1 trillion high speed rail project, popularly called the bullet train that will run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai by laying the foundation stone at Sabarmati station-the planned first terminal on the route. With China using its huge foreign exchange reserve to acquire economic depth overseas while trying to muscle aside other Asian powers, India and Japan can work together to buttress a multipolar Asia, as well as to provide an alternative model of development for Asia and Africa that respects sovereignty and democratic principles. "This (the talks) is acquiring gradual maturity".

In a published media briefing, Indian railway minister Piyush Goyal, who has been recently appointed to the role, said: "It was envisioned by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to take Indian Railways towards most modern technologies like developed countries". He is a prominent Indian resident of Japan for 21 years.

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