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Modi, Abe launch India’s first Bullet Train project in Ahmedabad

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have jointly launched India’s first high speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

To grow one needs to expand his dreams and decide his strength to achieve that. It’s new India which has to fly high. Bullet train is a project that will provide pace to development. Along with new technology it will also bring results faster,” said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing people in Ahmedabad.

Modi thanked Japan for the technical and financial help given to India, for this project. He praised Prime Minister Abe agreeing to be a part of this mega project in a short span of time.

Hoping that this high speed railway will not only bring two cities closer, but also bring the people living hundreds of kilometers away, closer to each other, Modi said that 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 also added that 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.

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.

The bullet train will have 12 stops of 165 seconds each. It will take two hours and 58 minutes from Ahmedabad to Mumbai if it stops at all 12. If it stops at four stations — Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Mumbai – it will cover the distance in two hours and seven minutes.

The Railways will run 35 bullet trains when it starts operations, with about 70 trips per day. It plans to increase the number to 105 trains by 2050.

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