On day 2 of his visit to Gujarat, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project at Ceremony near the Sabarmati Railway Station. The two prime ministers will then visit Dandu Kutir, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, before holding bilateral talks at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Their meeting, the tenth in the last three years, will focus on defence technology and cooperation and bilateral trade between the two countries.
Modi, who is hosting the Japanese PM in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, received Abe and his wife, at the airport – a departure from protocol – on Wednesday, before embarking on an open-top vehicle to the Sabramati Ashram. After a guided tour of the Ashram, they visited Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali, a 16th-century mosque. Modi later hosted Abe and Akie at Gujarati rooftop restaurant.
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11.47 am: Modi and Abe are now visiting Dandi Kutir, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
11.03 am: “I believe we can finish this project in the least possible time if we work together,” said PM Modi.
10.48 am: Adding that it can be used to empower the poor, it can be used in fight against poverty, Modi said.
10.45 am: “India has a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at 0.1 per cent interest for the bullet train,” Modi said thanking Japan for providing financial and technical assistance in this project. “Ek prakar se mufat mein poora project bannta jaaraha hai.”
10.40 am: PM Narendra Modi said that “transport system plays an important role in ensuring connectivity in the country. People of the country make use of this connectivity in several ways. ”
10.37 am: “Japan has shown that it has a true friend of India,” PM Modi said adding that Japanes PM Shinzo Abe has contributed greatly towards the rapid development of this project. “The next generation growth will take place in places which have high-speed corridors.”
10.35 am: “The bullet train project is a project that will bring speed and employment. It is human-friendly and eco-friendly, “Modi said.
10.33 am: “This is the New India and the flight of its dreams is endless,” said PM Narendra Modi. He also said India has taken a very important step towards its dream.
10:31 am: PM Modi welcomes Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra and various dignitaries present at the event.
10:29 am: If we work together nothing is impossible: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on India-Japan partnership
10:28 am: Dear friend PM Modi is a far-sighted leader, he made a decision of making New India & Japan thing partner, we completely support it: PM Abe
10:28 am: Japan is committed to the scheme of ‘Make in India’: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
10:27 am: Japan ka Ja and India’s I becomes Jai, and that’s what we will say for Japan PM.
10:25 am: No accidents have been reported since Shinkansen was launched in Japan. Japan’s know-how of the Shinkansen technology will help India’s Railways system, says Japan PM.
10:24 am: India can become a global manufacturing hub. Shinkansen will spread from Sabarmati to the rest of India. And Japanese engineers are all set to put in their hard work, says Japan PM.
10:22 am: More than 100 engineers from Japan have come to India and are talking to each other constantly, says Japan PM.
10:20 am: PM Modi had taken a decision two years back of getting high-speed railways and for this, he thing Japan’s Shinkansen, says Shinzo Abe.
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10:19 am: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe starts his address with “Namaskar”
10.13 am: A presentation on the bullet train is playing. The bullet train, which covers a distance of 508 kms, will run between Sabarmati Railway Station and Bandra Kundra complex in Mumbai. A Rs 2,700 and Rs 3,000 – by air, traveling the same distance costs Rs 3,500-4,000.
10.08 am: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, during the inauguration of the bullet train event, expresses gratitude towards Japan. “The whole state of Gujarat is experiencing immense joy today,” he says, reports ANI.