Date of Post: 10 Nov, 2018
Japan is committed to making the ambitious bullet train project in India a reality as soon as possible, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday as he lauded his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s “deep desire” and efforts to bring high speed railway network to India.
Japan is funding 80% of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project through a soft loan of Rs 79,000 crore at an interest rate of 0.1%, with a tenure stretching over 50 years and a moratorium period of 15 years.
- In a video message to a high speed rail association conference, PM Abe said,”In September last year, I took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high speed rail service in India. I was struck by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deep desire to provide inspiration to the people of India and by the Indian people’s high hopes for high speed rail services.”
- He said,”The Shinkansen has played an important role in supporting the development of our nation’s economy and the quality of life of our people, and in the near future, we look forward to the Shinkansen crossing the seas and also beginning to speed across the Indian continent.”
- He said,”Our government and the related companies are dedicated to making the Indian Shinkansen a reality as soon as possible.”
- PM Modi who visited Japan last month reviewed the progress made in the project and the two leaders also signed the Exchange of Notes for yen loan, on the High Speed Rail project.
- The bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will run a total length of 508 kilometres, of which 21 kilometres will be covered in the tunnel under sea.
- The day when Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains start running between Mumbai and Ahmedabad through cooperation will mark a shining symbol of Japan-India friendship in the future, PM Abe said on October 28, on the day of the two leaders’ summit meeting.
- PM Modi visited Japan to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit.
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