Published:  12:15 AM, 13 September 2017

Abe to launch Indian bullet train project

Abe to launch Indian bullet train project A worker cleans a hoarding featuring Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe ahead of Abe's visit, in Ahmedabad, India on Monday. -Reuters

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for India's first bullet train in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state this week, in a tightening of ties just days after New Delhi ended a dangerous military confrontation with China.

The move by Abe, who starts a two-day visit to India on Wednesday, highlights an early lead for Japan in a sector where the Chinese have also been trying to secure a foothold, but without much success.

Modi has made the 500-km- (311-mile-) long high-speed rail link between the financial hub of Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat a centerpiece of his efforts to showcase India's ability to build cutting-edge infrastructure.

The leaders will launch the start of work on the line on Thursday, India's railways ministry said in a statement. "This technology will revolutionize and transform the transport sector," said Railways Minister.

-Reuters, New Delhi

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