Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
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# PM Modi & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe inspect a model of the high-speed rail from Mumbai to Ahmedabad
# PM & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to lay foundation stone for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail
— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2017
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.
On the occasion, Abe said the Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global.
"A strong India is in Japan's interest and a strong Japan is in India's interest," Abe said after laying the foundation stone of the project at a ground at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.
"My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India," he said.
"I hope to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India throught he windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years," Abe said.
The Rs 1.10 lakh crore train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours. 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.