Narendra Modi to hold road show with Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in November

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said a large number of people, including singing troupes who will be performing at 28 different locations along the route, will greet Modi and Abe.

The two-day visit of Abe beginning Wednesday afternoon, will also be marked by the Annual Bilateral Summit between Japan and India. "A parallel CEO conference will also be held at the same venue, where representatives from both India and Japan will participate", the official said, adding that an entire hotel in western Ahmedabad has been booked to accommodate a Japanese delegation that will be arriving with Abe, the report added. Once complete (scheduled in December 2023) the train which will have a top speed of 350 km per hour will reduce travel time between the two cities to around 2 hours from the existing 7 hours.

"I want us to take a big step so that this "shinkansen" project, which heralded the start of Japan's own rapid economic growth, will serve as a spark for further growth in India", Abe told reporters before leaving Tokyo's Haneda airport.

Construction is set to begin later this week. In the evening the PMs will visit the iconic Siddi Saiyyed mosque famous for its intricate stone lattice work.

Abe is also seeking the adoption of Japanese technology by India's other railway systems. Read Also: Ashram's all spruced up On September 14, Abe will attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahemdabad high-speed railway, a flagship programme of the India-Japan collaboration, marking the commencement of the project, also known as bullet train project.

After visiting Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, both leaders will head to the famous "Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali", one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. India-Japan ties are on an upswing in a range of areas, including defence and security. Earlier this year, Afghanistan confirmed Japan's pledge to develop access for Chabahar after a visit to Kabul by a Japanese minister.

Japan is a valued partner for Indias infrastructure development and “that applies to northeastern region as well.

Together, they represent 25 per cent of world's population, 35 per cent of global gross domestic product and will play a critical role in the preservation of democracy and peace in Asia in days to come.

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

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