PM Modi, Shinzo Abe to go on Roadshow in Ahmedabad Today, City Gets Decked up Like Bride
Ahmedabad, September 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit. After arriving in Ahmedabad, both leaders will be part of a roadshow in the city. The ancient city has been decked up like a bride to welcome Modi’s Japanese counterpart Abe.
The city of Ahmedabad will greet Shinzo Abe with an elaborate civic reception on Wednesday, showcasing the cultural diversity of India through a series of performances.
The two Prime Ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Sabarmati River. They will also visit the “Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali” – a famous 16th-century mosque in Ahmedabad. The two leaders are expected to visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir in the city.
Earlier on Tuesday PM Modi tweeted, “I also look forward to visiting the Sabarmati Ashram & the ‘Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali’ with PM Shinzo Abe during his India visit.”
Emphasising on boosting ties with Japan, PM Modi had tweeted, “PM Shinzo Abe and I will attend a wide range of programmes on 13th and 14th September 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties. India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors.”
The visit of Abe is likely to give new heights not only to diplomatic relations between the two countries but it is likely to open new investment avenues to India, reports claim.
Although PM Shinzo Abe is coming to attend the 12th edition of the India-Japan Annual Summit in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, he will also lay the foundation stone for the ambitious high-speed Bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The visit is also expected to boost PM Modi’s Make in India programme.
The meeting between the two leaders will be their tenth interaction in the last three years. Apart from Ahmedabad, PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi is likely to get a face lift following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the municipal corporations of Varanasi and Kyoto during PM Modi’s last visit.
The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project is likely to have an estimated cost of Rs 1,10,000 crore. The stretch will have a 468 km elevated track with 27 km inside the tunnel and the remaining 13 km on the ground. The high-speed train will also pass through the country’s biggest tunnel of 21 km, of which seven km will be under the sea.