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Thursday 14 Sep 2017 12.06 PM

Modi, Abe lay foundation stone for India's first bullet train

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe

Ahmedabad : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today laid the foundation stone for Indias first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. On the occasion, Abe said the Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global.

"A strong India is in Japans interest and a strong Japan is in Indias interest," Abe said after laying the foundation stone of the project at a ground at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.

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 Japans Shinkansen Technology. The prime ministers 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.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis were present on the occasion.

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