PM Modi, Abe Launch Bullet Train Project: Day 2 Of Japan PM Visit
Updated: September 14, 2017 13:17 IST
PM Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe launched work on India's first bullet train at Gujarat's Ahmedabad. The 508 km high-speed rail link to Mumbai is seen as a centrepiece of PM Modi's efforts to demonstrate India's capability to build high-tech projects. The project is seen as emblematic of warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo, who are seeking to combat China's growing regional influence. The bullet train is expected to begin operating in 2022.
The project marks the beginning of a new chapter in ties between India and Japan.
Japan's PM Abe said Japan is committed to support Make In India.
PM Modi said True friendship is about more than just money, and Japan has proved it today.
Japan is providing 85 percent of the cost of the new train link in soft loans.
Japan PM Shinzo Abe and PM Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir before their talks earlier today.