Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Japanese PM, Modi to lay foundation for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

Japanese PM, Modi to lay foundation for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

Prime Minister Modi will reach Gujarat this afternoon to welcome his Japanese counterpart in Ahmedabad. Replying to a question on the comments of Japanese envoy to India on freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, Verma did not give a direct answer. A vegetarian Gujarati platter awaits the Japanese prime minister and his wife at Ahmedabad's popular terrace restaurant, Agashiye.

The two leaders most recently spoke during a three-way call with French President Emmanuel Macron on September 9, when they discussed the possibility of further sanctions against North Korea, according to the Elysee Palace.

Exactly three years ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had flown down to Kyoto, one of Japan's historic cities, and welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in what was his first bilateral visit outside India's immediate neighbourhood within four months of assuming office.

Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the leaders would jointly participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project using Japanese Shinkansen technology - also known as the bullet train project - in Gandhinagar.

Following this ceremony later in the evening both the leaders will then hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

The two prime ministers' meeting followed the entry into force in July of a bilateral civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, which enables Tokyo to export nuclear power equipment and technology to New Delhi. "I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together", Modi tweeted in English as well as in Japanese.

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Abe told reporters that Japan wants to exercise leadership to bring about change in Pyongyang's policies through close cooperation with the global community.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will have an average speed of 320kmph and maximum speed of 350kmph.

"Cooperation in civil nuclear energy and in defence are two domains that portend the future direction of our ties", said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar at the India- Japan Colloquium that took place in New Delhi last Friday.

Japan is a valued partner for Indias infrastructure development and “that applies to northeastern region as well. In 2015, India and Japan had signed a deal on India's first bullet train.

Of the Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan will fund Rs 88,000 crore as loan at minimal 0.1 per cent interest and it is to be repaid in 50 years, with a grace period of 15 years.

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