14 September, Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe jointly performed the ground breaking ceremony of India’s first-ever bullet train project at Sabarmati Station ground Thursday.
On the occasion, both the leaders also laid the foundation stone of High Speed Rail Institute to be set up at Vadodara where Japanese professionals would impart training to Indian engineers regarding the high speed rail project.
Modi called the bullet train the biggest gift from Japan to India. He called the moment historic and said the high speed rail corridor will give a new momentum to the development of New India.
Modi said the bullet train will not only bring about economic transformation but will also lead to social transformation of the country. He said the project will strengthen the make in India initiative as large number of employment opportunities and will be created in the country. He said majority of the human resources in the project will be utilized from India only.
He expressed deep gratitude towards Japan for the cooperation and said the economic aid, technology and skill transfer by Japan will not only benefit Indian railway sector but will be beneficial for human resource development of the country. He said the emphasis of his government is on more productivity and high speed connectivity.
Japan PM Shinzo Abe called this historic moment as confluence of Indian ocean with Pacific Ocean and vow for developing a new world order based on these oceans. He said strong India is in the interest of Japan likewise Strong Japan is in the interest of India.
Expressing the commitment of his government towards Make In India Intiative, Abe said Indian Human Resource coupled with Japanese skill and technology, India would be manufacturing hub of the world.
He said the Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train was instrumental in the economic growth of the country. Calling Shinkansen bullet train as one of the safest train networks in the world, Mr Abe said Japan will share with India expertise of safe transport which will help the whole Indian rail network.
The Rs 600-crore high-speed rail training centre for the first bullet train project will be set up in Vadodara, This centre will come up inside the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) at Vadodara where more than 4000 enginees of High Speed Rail Corporation of India will be given training by Japanese professionals. Under the High Speed Rail Project, Sabarmati Railway station will also be renovated.