PM Abe arrived in India on Wednesday on a two-day visit and was received by PM Modi at the airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today laid the foundation stone of India's most ambitious Bullet Train project.
The event was organised in Ahmedabad's Athletic Stadium near the Sabarmati railway station. PM Modi and Japanese PM Abe pressed buttons to unveil plaques announcing the launch of India's revolutionary rail project.
1. The Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project is worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion).
2. The train will accommodate 750 people in one trip and is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities from seven to roughly three hours.
3. A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, seven km of which will be under the sea.
4. The bullet train will have an average speed of 250 km per hour and top speed of around 320 km per hour. This train will run at more than double the top speed of the fastest train in India.
5. The Train will be open to public by August 15, 2022 - when India completes 75 years of Independence.
PM Abe arrived in India on Wednesday on a two-day visit and was received by PM Modi at the airport who then took the visiting dignitary and his wife to the historic Sabarmati Ashram and a famous 16th century mosque before indulging in dinner diplomacy at a heritage property.