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PM Modi, Shinzo Abe lay foundation stone for bullet train project


Ahmedabad, Sep 14 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

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 through the 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.

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 were present on the occasion.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Hope this bullet train facility is extended to other capitals too

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  • Expose Feku, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    3 years full rail by feku modi

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  • Jai Karnataka, Dubai-Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    This is a gimmick by PM modi,Elections are nearing modi took shinoz abe in a procession that is in gujrath ,my point is see the history of Modi he is more interested in elctions winning then developing or creating jobs inIndia,my second point is why after he become PM selecting Ahamedabad,Mumbai is fine but Ahamedabad is a two tier city,there are lot of thinks he could have donewith 1 lakh thousandcrores,in india more than 50 percent of ppl live below poverty line,y bullet train,this is like second failed demonitization process of this PM Modiji!

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  • Muneer Khan, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Jai Karnataka, Dubai-Mangalore,
    Election is very important for him to develop the country.
    Even if he is thinking about the election, I dont think any wrong in that
    Let's have positive thinking and wait for the good results.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    I can read some negative comments about Modiji's bullet train.

    You guys are so jealous about Modiji for his achievement and for your information bullet train is between Ahmadabad & Mumbai ( Not in Mangalore).
    Keep getting jealous...Modiji & BJP rocks....

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  • AnoNymouS, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Maybe he should become Prime Minister of Gujarat, as he is definitely not doing that in the interest of the rest of India.

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  • Suresh, Moodbidri

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Every good step there will be some hurdles. India has to move forward on Bullet train and acheive it..........

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    China can't beat Hindustan in software and .... export...!!!!

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  • Peter, KSA

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Why we need bullet train when we have 'patte dhanti rail' running on high speed since 2014.

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  • vnayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    What India needs are clean,safe,fast (150 kms) and frequent trains going to/from everywhere in the country like many European countries have. Bullet train is just a show unless it is there all across the country like China did within 20 years.

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  • JAYA, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Our prime minister still acting like gujurat CM. only developing in his state and marketing to Ambani and adani group as well as BJP spokesman. Not delivering anything for poor farmers and middle class people.... please develop irrigation system , internal roads and setup new technology to agriculture works to famers to produce the daily needs... not only bullet train.. develop from village to city not only his state that also Ahmedabad...

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    The Union Govt., is doing good for the country in what it is good in ...!!!

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    When the Rickshaw pullers, bullock carts and muddy roads get improved?

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  • Anirudh P, Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Super !! We Bangalore residents are demanding for Good and Pot hole free roads from Govt.

    Our condition is so bad, while walking on road or footpath, a person might get sucked by open drainage any ware at any point of time.

    Please support us.

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  • Charan, Mlore/Dubai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Good question to State Govt, city corporations, village panchayaths. Executions of the works in local level should be done by local bodies.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Central Govt train itself derailed & FEKU wants bullet train !

    Bhakth Channels are 'live telecasting' Japan PMs India visit from yesterday onwards. They covered his bedroom, dining room, kitchen too...!

    Bhakth Channels, to 'cover up Central Govt failure', highlighting Indo-Japan ties like, it will benefit us tremendously in long run & saying "Neighboring China is worried on Indo-Japan deal", "China is finished", bla bla bla....

    @ Bhakthoooon.....
    Can Japan export things, what China is exporting to us currently?
    Can Japan buy things from India, what China is buying from us currently?

    Scratch your brainless head now & think...

    China is exporting only 2.5% to India, out of its total export to Rest of the world. So, they can very well absorb that 2.5% or divert it to other countries!

    China is sourcing 16% from India, from its total buying from outside world. If they don't get that 16% from us, they can very well source it from other countries as their buying capacity is high.

    Now tell us bhakthon, if Indo-China trading is stopped/break-up... who is at losing end???

    Is it possible to educate andh-bhakths, who can not see anything beyond FEKU ideology?

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  • Anirudh P, Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    prem, moodbidri

    Some congi/commi leader has royally fooled you by showing only percentage. The Chinese economy is much bigger than us and any elementary student can tell that our 2.5% is very smaller compared to 2.5% of China.

    Just look at the value of that 2.5 % (I know this is also fake percentage, however going as per you) in USD from each side and conclude whether India is gaining or China is gaining with bilateral trade between two countries.

    India's trade deficit is between $51 to $53 billion and Chinese are not fools to forgo such free run over us.

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  • sampath, India

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    We know people who blame are the first one to stand in the queue to catch the first trip of bullet train....

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  • Anirudh P, Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    sampath, India

    That too they might except discounted fare under quota or might demand for reservation

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    All ok, if you want to rant against Modi do it...but don't try to pass your khayali pulao feku numbers as facts around China India bilateral trade..

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Happy to hear that the train for the Gujarathis is progress well.

    Now, all Indians have to get ready to pay their taxes properly so that the Gujarathi bullet train can be paid for,

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Same money should have been put in hyperloop . This is what Naidu is doing in his home state.

    Every day there is a derail so topmost prioirty should be to fix the existing operational problems

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    At the moment bullet trains are more of a necessity than.... oxygen for children?

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    PM Shinzo Abe may be knew that this project will not complete. He has come on holidays I believe.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    India doesn't need bullet trains. We need well managed hospitals, 24 hours oxygen cylinders, standard schools where education is of quality and free, and safety for our school children. Last but not the least make the old trains safe of derailing!

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  • Anirudh P, Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Please read below news article.

    Do you suggest bullock cart ?

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  • Peter, KSA

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Good idea. Bullock cart. Yes, we do not need to follow western culture and do not need foreign goods. We should follow our beloved PM's preaching 'make in India'. Jai ho PM sir.

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