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PM Modi, Shinzo Abe to kickstart bullet train plan September 14

PTI
Published : Sep 10, 2017, 3:13 am IST
Updated : Sep 10, 2017, 3:13 am IST

The target for its completion is December 2023, though officials say there are indications that the government may seek an earlier deadline of 2022.

The bullet train, which has a capacity to accommodate 750 people, is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven to three hours. (Photo: PTI)
 The bullet train, which has a capacity to accommodate 750 people, is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven to three hours. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail network, commonly known as the bullet train, on September 14 in the Gujarat city, railway officials said.

The bullet train, which has a capacity to accommodate 750 people, is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven to three hours. A sum of around Rs 1.10 lakh crore will be spent on the project.

 

The target for its completion is December 2023, though officials say there are indications that the government may seek an earlier deadline of 2022.

The train will stop at each of the 12 railway stations on the route, but only for 165 seconds. A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, of which seven km will be under water.

After the laying of the foundation stone, an investment summit will also be held between the Indian side and a Japanese delegation comprising representatives from Japan External Trade Organisation and Japan Inter-national Cooperation Agency.     

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