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India launches first bullet train project

  • Published at 04:18 PM September 14, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:45 PM September 14, 2017
India launches first bullet train project
A Shinkansen bullet train passes over a street in Tokyo on July 1, 2017Photo: Courtesy

The Japanese premier inaugurated the project during a two-day visit to India

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a bullet train project in India on Thursday.

The Japanese premier inaugurated the project during a two-day visit to India.

Mostly funded by Japan, the fastest Indian train project was launched in the Modi’s native state Gujarat. The train is scheduled to run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

The service will reduce the 500-km journey time from eight hours to three. The project will end in August 2022 as per the schedule. A total of 750 seats in each train, the service will ease the journey of 22 million passengers that Indian railway carries in a day.

According to Reuters, Indian Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who has been posted recently, said: “This technology will revolutionise and transform the transport sector.”

The project is a part of Indian government’s ambition to link major cities with high-speed trains, but critics say passengers would be better served if investments were made to improve safety on the current, ageing rail network, reports BBC.

The Indian premier has promised to make vast improvements to the network, and the bullet train was one of his key promises in the 2014 election.

However, Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe are expected to sign several agreements during the Japanese premier’s visit to India.

They will also inaugurate a Japanese industrial park in Gujarat.

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