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Abe-Modi formally launch ‘Bullet train’ project launched; to be completed by Aug 15, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe launched the much awaited work on India’s first bullet train at Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Thursday morning. The 508 km high-speed rail link signals New Delhi and Tokyo’s close ties amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region. Meanwhile, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed that PM Narendra Modi wants the bullet train to start a year ahead of schedule, on 15 August 2022, when India completes 75 years of independence. Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi. The project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology. The prime ministers of the two countries also laid the foundation stone for an institute that will come up at Vadodara where around 4,000 people will be trained for the bullet train project. Railway minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis are present on the occasion.  Formally called the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, the Bullet train will run at an elevation of 18 metres for most of its route.

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