Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train today. The is one of PM Modi’s most ambitious and pet project and also one of his poll promise.
With the commencement of the Bullet Train project, India will be among the few nations that will have bullet trains.
Presently, the average time taken by existing high speed trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is around 6-7 hours but with the coming of the bullet train, the distance will be covered in just 2 hours. It will run upto a top speed of 350 km/hour.
This mega project at the cost of Rs 1 lakh and eight thousand crore (Rs 1,08,000 Cr) should be ready by 2022.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe along with his wife is on a two-day visit to India, arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. He was received by in a grand way as Prime Minister Narendra Modi especially received his Japanese counterpart at the airport.
A huge cultural 8-KM long roadshow was organised for Japanese premier yesterday in Ahmedabad showcasing Indian culture and tradition.
Speaking on this mega project, “The commencement of work on the country’s first High Speed Rail (Bullet train) project will begin on September 14 in Ahmedabad,” Goyal told reporters here, adding that the bullet train technology would “revolutionise and transform the transport sector”.
“This will be a historical moment as India will gets it first bullet train,” Piyush Goyal said.
“This is an occasion to celebrate the advent of the most modern technology in India. It shall also benefit the farmers for transportation of agricultural produce in a fast mode,” Goyal added.
The Railway Minister also mentioned that the high-speed rail was envisioned by PM Modi to take Indian Railways towards “most modern technologies like developed countries.