Modi and Abe to lay foundation for India’s first bullet train
Indian and Japanese prime ministers to mark the commencement of work on the high-speed rail service in Ahmedabad on Thursday
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project, connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad, in Ahmedabad on Thursday, IANS reported.
The estimated cost of the 508-km-long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project was Rs.110,000 crore on completion.
Addressing the media in New Delhi, Goyal said, “The commencement of work on the country’s first high-speed rail project will begin on September 14 in Ahmedabad. This will be a historical moment as India will get its first bullet train. This is an occasion to celebrate the advent of the most modern technology in India. It shall also benefit the farmers for transportation of agricultural produce in a fast mode.”
Meanwhile, the Hindustan Times reported that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will come with two speed options – high-speed and rapid high-speed. Fares will range from Rs3,000 (US$47) to Rs5,000.