Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today jointly laid the
foundation stone for India’s first high speed rail project between
Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Speaking on the occasion, at a large public meeting in Ahmedabad, the
Prime Minister spoke of the high ambition and willpower of “New India.”
He congratulated the people of India on the occasion, and said that the
bullet train project will provide speed and progress, and deliver
results quickly. He said the Government’s focus is on increasing
productivity through high speed connectivity. The Prime Minister thanked
Japan for the technical and financial help given to India, for this
project. He praised Prime Minister Abe for the fact that this project is
being launched within such a short time.
The Prime Minister said that this high speed railway would not only
bring two cities closer, but also bring the people living hundreds of
kilometers away, closer to each other. He said a new economic system is
being developed along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, and the entire area
would become a single economic zone.
The Prime Minister said technology is useful only if it provides benefit
to the common man. He said the technology transfer envisaged in this
project will benefit Indian Railways, and boost the “Make in India”
initiative. He said the project would be eco-friendly as well as
human-friendly. He said “high-speed corridors” would be regions for
rapid growth in the future.
The Prime Minister said that the Government is working to ensure that
infrastructure is developed keeping in mind futuristic requirements. He
expressed confidence that everyone would work together to complete this
project in the shortest possible time.
Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the India-Japan
partnership is special, strategic and global. He said that he hopes to
see the beauty of India through the windows of the Bullet Train, a few