PM Modi says Bullet Train Is Lifeline of New India
GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that ties between the India and Japan are not limited to bilateral or regional spheres but the two countries are also cooperating on key global issues.
In a joint press statement after delegation level talks with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr. Modi said that in 2016-2017 Japan had invested 4.7 billion dollars in India which is 80 per cent higher than the last year. Referring to the ground breaking ceremony of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project earlier this morning, Mr. Modi said it will be the lifeline of ``New India.'' The high speed Bullet Train will cover the nearly 510 km distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in little over two hours, cutting down the present travel time of seven hours by nearly one-third time. The project is expected to be completed by August 2022.
He said that both India and Japan enjoy trust and confidence in their bilateral ties and understood each other's concerns as well.
Mr. Modi said that India Post and Japan Post will soon start a ``Cool Box'' service for Japanese living in India so that they can order and get their favourite food delivered at home from Japan. He also urged the business community to open chain of new Japanese restaurants in India which has the potential of a thriving business.
Mr. Modi said that be it the ease of doing business, Skill India or Make in India programmes, India is transforming and presenting new opportunities for Japanese companies to who are connected with many of these programmes,
Welcoming the agreements signed today in the presence of both the Prime Ministers, Mr. Modi said the agreements would strengthen India-Japan partnership.The two countries signed MoU on international academic and sports exchange, on cooperation in civil aviation and other areas.
The two Prime Ministers also condemned in the strongest terms North Korea's continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
Prime Minister Abe recalled that India, Japan and the U.S. had conducted maritime exercise Malabar for the first time which was indicative of the strong ties of mutual trust.
Referring to his last year's visit to Japan, Mr. Modi thanked Japan for ratification of cooperation agreement on civil nuclear programme. He said that both the countries were also cooperating in clean energy and climate change.
Mr. Modi welcomed Mr. Abe whom he described as his friend and greeted him in Japanese.