Japan agrees to help India set-up Bullet trains network

Japan agrees to help build Bullet trains in IndiaNarendra Modi’s visit to Japan included a series of talks and a host of deal-making along with a visit to a 136 year old local elementary school in vicinity of the Imperial Hotel where the PM and his delegation are staying. Meetings with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Economy Minister Toshimitus Motegi were also part of the PMs itinerary as were meetings with Land Infrastructure and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ohta and Defence Minister Itsumori Onodera.

Modi in his talks with his Japanese counterparts, laid stress on lucrative infrastructure deals and the procurement of components of nuclear reactors from Japan. Other items negotiated were the US-2 amphibious rescue and reconnaissance plane besides investment in desalination plants. The Indian PM also showed special interest in the Japanese Bullet Train.

“Lauding PM Modi’s vision for development of world class infrastructure in India, including high-speed railway system, PM Abe expressed his hope that India could introduce Shinkansen system (see image gallery below) for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route,” said the joint statement revealed by India and Japan.

Shinkansen bullet train (3)Plans of a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad are on the cards, which, if everything goes according to plan, could come into effect by 2021. This High Speed Rail (HSR) would over a distance of 546 kms between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in 1.52 hrs and would be capable of a top speed of 350 kmph. HSR route between the two cities would come at a cost of INR 45,000 crores. It will cover a distance of 364 kms in Gujarat, 176 kms in Maharashtra and 6 kms in Dadra Nagar Haveli region. Terminals will be only at Mumbai and Ahmedabad with no stops in between.