By Azania Post Reporter
INDIA will construct the 500 –km long high speed rail link between Mumbai and Industrial city of Ahmadabad in Western Gujarat.
The foundation stone laying for construction of first bullet train in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state will be done tomorrow by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has started a two day visit to India.
Analysts say the move by Abe, who starts a two-day visit to India on Wednesday, highlights an early lead for Japan in a sector where the Chinese have also been trying to secure a foothold, but without much success.
The leaders will launch the start of work on the line on Thursday, India’s railways ministry said in a statement.
“This technology will revolutionize and transform the transport sector,” said Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, welcoming the prospects for growth brought by Japan’s high-speed “shinkansen” technology.
In Tokyo, a Japanese foreign ministry official told reporters, “We would like to support ‘Make in India’ as much as possible,” referring to Modi’s signature policy to lure investors in manufacturing.
“And for that, we want to do what’s beyond the Mumbai-Ahmedabad line and achieve economies of scale.”
India would make “all-out efforts” to complete the line by August 2022, more than a year earlier than planned, the government said this week.