Modi, Abe to kick-start India's bullet train project

Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi

Another highlight of Abe's trip to India will be the groundbreaking ceremony for a high-speed railway project, which is expected to link the western Indian cities of Ahmadabad and Mumbai, employing Japan's "shinkansen" bullet train technology.

- The two Prime Ministers will also visit Sabarmati Ashram. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would accompany his Japanese counterpart during the event. This will be the fourth Annual Summit between Modi and Abe. After Chinese premier Xi Jinping's visit in 2015, this will be the second visit of a head of state to Ahmedabad after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister.

They will also visit the Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali - a famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad.

The deadline set for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train is August 15, 2022, ahead of the earlier plan to complete it only by December 2013 on the lines of 2022 target set by the prime minister for completion of other dozen or so high-profile projects. PM Modi will be accompanying the visiting leader and his spouse Akie Abe to explain the cultural significance of the mosque.

On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, a total of 12 stations have been proposed that include Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. They would end the day with a dinner and a closed door meeting at a heritage hotel - House of MG - located cheek by jowl to this mosque. Among the highlights of Abe's visit will be a public function on Thursday to mark the beginning of work on India's ambitious high-speed rail project, the Bullet Train, and a grand roadshow with Modi.

India and Japan are also keen on research collaboration in the areas of unmanned ground vehicles and robotics.

It is expected that cost will go down further as the technology will grow massively and it will be developed under Make in India. "Out of this Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore and the interest on this loan is minimal, ie 0.1 percent", Goyal said. Besides, the two leaders will visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

South Korea and Japan have welcomed the U.N. Security Council's new sanctions on North Korea in response to the country's latest nuclear test. Thus, 2017 has seen Abe meet Modi on the sidelines of G7 and G20 summits to continue their dialogue on the Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) since its conceptualization under the India-Japan vision 2025.

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