Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Abe today laid the foundation stone for the proposed bullet train network connecting Ahmedabad to Mumbai. The foundation stone laying ceremony of the much-touted Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail Network took place at Sabarmati Athletic Grounds near Sabarmati railway station.
The bullet train, which has a capacity to accommodate 750 people, is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven to three hours. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Railway Ministry have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the 508-km corridor, with Japan to partially fund the Rs 1.10 lakh crore project.
The train project, which is expected to begin its operation by the year 2022, will have a dozen halts. A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, seven km of which will be under sea. The entire line will be at an elevation of around 20 m which will reduce land acquisition.
Shinzo Abe India visit Day 2 LIVE updates:
05:24 pm: With strength of our friendship & trust, I invite more & more Japanese people & companies to come, live and work in India
05:23 pm: I have been saying that 21st Century is Asia’s Century. Today, Asia has emerged as the new centre of global growth, says PM Modi
05:22 pm: Japan can benefit tremendously with size and scale of our potential and skilled hands that India offers: PM Modi on India-Japan business relations
05:17 pm: It will be garland of love of Japan for Varanasi & tribute to our shared Buddhist heritage: PM Modi on project of Varanasi Convention Centre
05:14 pm: Project of Varanasi Convention Centre is a symbol of cultural co-operation between Kyoto city of Japan and Varanasi: PM Narednra Modi