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Modi, Abe lay foundation stone for India's first bullet train

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train between and

On the occasion, Abe said the Indo-partnership is special, strategic and global.

"A strong is in Japan's interest and a strong is in India's interest," Abe said after laying the foundation stone of the project at a ground at Sabarmati in

"My good friend Prime Minister Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in and to create a new India," he said.

"I hope to enjoy the beautiful scenery of through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years," Abe said.

The Rs 1.10 lakh crore train project between and is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours.

has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi.

The project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan's Shinkansen Technology.

The prime ministers of the two countries also laid the foundation stone for an institute that will come up at Vadodara where around 4,000 people will be trained for the bullet train project.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis were present on the occasion.

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 11:02 IST