Bullet Train: Indian and Japanese Prime Minister may pay a visit to Ahmedabad

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi may pay a visit to Ahmedabad in September to keep the cornerstone of the one lakh crore rupees of the Mahatakshi Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project. Apart from this, both leaders will also be involved in the launch of two Japanese industrial parks. Apart from this, they will also participate in the inaugural ceremony of International Buddhist Festival organized on Sabarmati Riverfront. Although the date of their arrival is yet not fixed, the sources are saying that Abe can arrive in India on September 17, birthday of PM Modi, or on his birthday on September 21.

A high level delegation of the Gujarat government under the leadership of Chief Secretary JN Singh has gone to Japan on a week-long visit, where plan for Shinzo Abe's visit to Gujarat was being finalized. On one hand, the Indian government is talking about funding bullet train project from Japan, on the other hand Gujarat government officials are discussing investment related to two Japanese industrial parks.

Here is the exercise of determining the bullet train station in Ahmedabad. Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal reviewed the progress of the bullet train project and the Dedicated Fred Corridor Corporation during a review meeting in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Mittal will also take stock of the Sabarmati station on Sunday.
A senior official said that it is almost certain that the foundation stone of the project will be kept in Ahmedabad but it is yet to be decided. The bullet train is being said to start with Sabarmati, but Sabarmati is not considered to be the right place for the tour of both the leaders. In this, the exercise of finalizing the place through discussion is in progress.

One source said that Japanese delegation will hold a presentation in front of Japan about both industrial parks. According to sources, an investment of about 1500 crores has been fixed for an industrial park and there is possibility of investment for 22 other projects. The Gujarat government has notified the 800-hectare land in Khoraj near Sanand for Japan Industrial Park II, which is expected to invest Rs 20,000 crore.

At the time of Shinzo Abe's visit, the Gujarat government will also host its first international Buddhist Fasvital. Through this, the heritage associated with the Buddha of Gujarat, India and the world will be shown.

                                                                                 ---Amita Tewary