India's first bullet train project launched, PM Narendra Modi calls it New India's big dream

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India's first bullet train project launched, PM Narendra Modi calls it New India's big dream

PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of the project which is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 1.10 lakh crore.

The great Indian bullet train dream kicked off today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his guest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launching the ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed train project in Ahmedabad.

PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of the project which is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 1.10 lakh crore.

The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours. Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by PM Modi.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bullet train project will boost employment. If technology is used to empower the poor we can win the fight against poverty: PM Modi.
  • With bullet train, one can reach Mumbai from Ahmedabad in just 2-3 hours: PM Modi.
  • Better connectivity will lead to progress: PM Modi.
  • I was questioned when will India have bullet train? Now, when the project is being launched they are again questioning what is the need: PM Modi.
  • Transport system is of prime importance for a nation's development: PM Modi
  • Bullet train symbol of new India, says PM Narendra Modi.
  • Today, Japan has proved to be India's true friend: PM Modi.
  • I thank my friend Shinzo Abe on behalf of people of Gujarat, India: PM Modi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the gathering.
  • I hope to enjoy the beauty of India through the windows of bullet train when I come to India in a few years: Shinzo Abe
  • Japan is committed to Modi's scheme of 'Make in India' scheme. Jai India, Jai Japan: Shinzo Abe
  • My friend Modi is building a new India, says Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
  • Engineers from India and Japan would make this project a great success: Shinzo Abe.
  • The project symbolises India-Japan friendship. It is a historic day in India-Japan relationship: Shinzo Abe.
  • I am very happy to launch the bullet train project. Honoured to be part of the project: Shinzo Abe.
  • Shinzo Abe begins with Namaskar.
  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, PM Narendra Modi lay foundation stone of India's first bullet train project in Ahmedabad.
  • Welcome Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and express gratitude towards Japan. Entire Gujarat is experiencing immense joy today: Gujarat CM
  • With laying foundation of bullet train, we are also laying foundation of New India: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Ahmedabad
  • Many people criticized the introduction of Rajdhani but now it is the train everyone wants to travel in: Piyush Goel
  • This bullet train will be a symbol of brotherhood b/w people of India and Japan: Railway Minister Piyush Goel in Ahmedabad
  • PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe arrive at the stage for inauguration of High Speed Rail from Mumbai to Ahmedabad
  • Ahmedabad: PM Modi & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe inspect a model of the high speed rail from Mumbai to Ahmedabad #BulletTrain pic.twitter.com/yJPq14WVPy

    - ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2017
  • Stage is set for bhumi pujan (ground breaking ceremony) for India's first bullet train project in Ahmedabad.
  • Modi then took his Japanese guests on a tour of the Sidi Saiyyed mosque, a 16th-century mosque known for its intricate architecture. The two leaders ended their day with a traditional Gujarati dinner.
  • Abe, who was in a formal suit when he arrived at the
  • Ahmedabad airport, wore kurta-pyjama and a blue Nehru jacket, while his wife donned red salwar-kameez and a white stole to Sabarmati Ashram.
  • Immediately after the welcome ceremony, Abe, his wife,
  • and Modi set-off on an 8-km roadshow in an open-roof jeep for the Sabarmati Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi spent considerable time of his life.
  • On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, who is accompanied by his wife Akie, with his characteristic hug at Ahmedabad airport.

WATCH: Japan PM Shinzo Abe greeted by Modi with a bearhug, visits Sabarmati Ashram

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