- The Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi today said that with ‘High Speed Project’ (HSP) a new chapter has begun in the history Indian Railway. Expressing confidently, Mr. Modi said the ‘Bullet Train Project’ (BTP) with its high speed, fast progress and faster technology will bring quicker results.
- Development of new economic system on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route will convert the area into single economic zone, he added.
- The Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi and his counterpart, Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe today laid the foundation stone in Ahmedabad for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project (HSRP), which is to be built with the cooperation from the Japan; and High-speed Rail Training Institute at Vadodara. The project will be completed in year-2022 with the help of Rs. 88,000-crore from the Japanese Government.
- The Prime Minister ascertained that this is a giant step forward towards fulfilling the long cherished dream of the India. The HSRP will strengthen the ‘Make in India’ campaign and will
- also generate direct and indirect employment opportunities for thousands of people. The Bullet Train is a facility with safety and human-friendliness along with Eco-friendliness.
- He said that the Indian railway will not be only benefited from the technology transfer but will also benefit to the technician manufacturers and railway networks. The High-Speed Railway System will curtail the distance of 500km between two cities and bring them in proximity with each other.
- The Prime Minister also said that the bullet train is a big gift from Japan to India. "Japan is such a friend that it gave a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at 0.1% interest," Modi said. He also thanked Mr. Abe for it.
- Mr. Modi said that transport system is playing a vital role in the progress of the country. Thus, in last three years his government has taken all-round steps for faster developments in the field of railways, highways and air-ways. The government is focusing on ‘Future proofing’, so that infrastructural facilities to meet the demands of future generations can be developed.
- The materials to be utilized in setting up the bullet train will be manufactured in India as a result the local manufacturing industries will get developmental thrust. The new GST has increased the country’s transport system by 30%. To develop water resources, under the national water grid project the government is marching ahead to interlink 106 rivers of the country. With a view to provide air transport services to the common-man under the national aviation policy as many as 17 cities have been connected with each other.
- On the occasion, Mr. Abe said that the bullet train was introduced in Japan in year-1964 as a result the country had made giant economical growth of more than 10% and given a new birth to Japan.
- He also said the Indo-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global. "A strong India is in Japan's interest and a strong Japan is in India's interest."
- "My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India," he said.
- "If we merge Japan's Ja and India's I then it became 'Jai'. He also termed the word ‘Jai’ as a victory symbol of the project," Abe said.
- Gujarat’s Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani said the commencement of the revolutionary bullet train project in Gujarat is a proud moment for the state. ‘The Bullet Train Project’ has
- added another feather of pride for Gujarat. The project will benefit developments in both Gujarat and Maharashtra.
- Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, who was also present at the function, said that today was a historical day for India. He also thanked for offering country’s first bullet train to Gujarat-Maharashtra.
- Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that people of Gujarat and Maharashtra will get employment opportunities with this project and it will bring important changes in the country.
- Others who remained present on the occasion included Gujarat Governor Mr. O.P. Kohli, union railway minister of state Mr. Manoj Sinha, Gujarat deputy chief minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel, Gujarat Assembly Speaker Mr. Ramanlal Vora, state council of ministers, MPs, MLAs, high rank officials, members of Japanese delegation, and railway officials.
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