Japan's bullet train to speed up India's shabby railways

India's Prime minister, Narendra Modi was present at the Ahmedabad airport to personally receive Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe.

PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart will be attending the 12 edition of the India-Japan annual summit at Modi's home state Gujarat. "Japan's openness to supply India with military technology reflects the high level of confidence that the two countries have developed in each other", he said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's two-days official visit to India is on Today.

Modi further added "PM @AbeShinzo and I will attend a wide range of programs on 13th and 14th September 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties". The foundation stone laying ceremony for the joint Indo-Japanese project will be held at the Sabarmati Football Grounds, on September 14th.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will break ground on India's first bullet train project on Thursday in western Gujarat state, as the country seeks faster travel for millions.

The roadshow began at the city's airport towards the direction of the iconic Sabarmati Ashram, one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr Abe is seeking the adoption of Japanese technology in other railway systems in the South Asian country, as New Delhi also plans to build high-speed railways connecting the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Well, we know Japan is the discoverer in high sped rail networks.

The visiting dignitaries and Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the ashram where the Father of the Nation lived for about 12 years. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours. New Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said the train will start running between Mumbai and Ahmedabad on August 15, 2022 - when India completes 75 years of independence.

India's first bullet train is finally going to be reality! And Modi is also expected to finalize a long-gestating deal to purchase a dozen of Japan's US-2i amphibious aircraft, which India wants for patrols in the Indian Ocean (presumably to keep an eye on China's activity there).

Trump is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Almost 85 percent of the total project cost of $19 billion will be provided by Tokyo in soft loans, with repayment over 50 years. The two leaders will deliver statements to the media.

Later, Modi hosted dinner for Abe and Akie at famous "Agashiye" restaurant, known for its elegance and kosher Gujarati cuisine.

  • Rogelio Becker