- PM to meet Japanese premier Abe tomorrow in Ahmedabad
- 9-km roadshow from airport to Sabarmati Ashram
- They will declare work on Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train begins
Mr Modi is scheduled to arrive an hour before the Japanese leader and will accompany him in a road show from the airport to Mahatma Gandhi's famous Sabarmati Ashram. Along the 9-kilometre route, children from local schools will sing and dance on 28 stages to highlight India's myriad cultures.
In the evening, the PM will accompany Mr Abe -who he has met ten times in the last three years - to Ahmedabad's famous Sidi Jaali mosque, built in yellow landstone. Officials said Mr Modi will personally explain the 16th-century mosque's rich heritage and architecture including its famous and intricate lattice or jaali work to the visiting leader.
The project, which is India's first bullet train, is estimated to cost Rs 1,10,000 crores and is scheduled to be completed by 2023. "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, i.e. 0.1 per cent," Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said adding that India has to repay the loan in 50 years.
The premiers will devote the second half of Thursday to talks on bilateral trade and cooperation in defense and energy.