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Bullet train deadline 2023, but will try to complete project a year before: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

India and Japan will sign 10 MoUs when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Gujarat along with PM Modi on Wednesday. They will lay the foundation stone for the Rs 1.1 lakh-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project at Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 11, 2017 9:21 pm
 Piyush Goyal, bullet train, India bullet train, Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe, Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, India-Japan, Indian railways, indian express Union Minister Piyush Goyal. (File Photo)

India’s ambitious bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is likely to be completed a year ahead of its stipulated deadline (December 2023), said newly-appointed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. “Deadline still remains December 2023, but we will try to complete Bullet train by Aug 15, 2022,” Goyal said while addressing a press conference. The Union Minister also pointed out that the construction of the high-speed train corridor will provide 4,000 directs jobs for running the system and 20,000 indirect jobs.

Goyal also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a crucial role in helping the country to get cheap loan from Japan for the construction of bullet train corridor. “PM’s goodwill and image instrumental in India getting such cheap loan from Japan for bullet train,” Goyal said, adding that the speed with which Modi-led government has implemented all projects has bolstered his confidence that bullet train will be completed on time.

Stating that India kept running railways on technologies that were discarded by other developed countries years ago, the Union Minister believes that introduction of bullet train will revolutionise the country’s outdated railway system. “Make in India will eventually bring down cost of bullet train manufacturing. We could export to the world,” he added.

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Goyal further said bullet train would have the same impact on India’s transport technology as Maruti had on automobile sector 30 years ago. He highlighted that 500-km of distance would be covered within two hours by bullet train, which would also have an effect on Mumbai-Ahmedabad flight sector.

Piyush Goyal, bullet train, India bullet train, Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe, Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, India-Japan, Indian railways, indian express The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe from at Tokyo Station, in Japan on November 12, 2016.

Commenting on speculations that bullet train would be expensive, Goyal said the government will certainly keep the rates in affordable zone. “We will certainly keep it affordable. Competition will find its way,” he said.

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India and Japan will sign 10 MoUs when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Gujarat along with PM Modi on Wednesday. They will lay the foundation stone for the Rs 1.1 lakh-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project at Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad.

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    sunny
    Sep 12, 2017 at 3:50 am
    guju PM doing for gujus only sir we dont need bullet trains we need better infrastucture for railways son we travel safely
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      sahil
      Sep 12, 2017 at 2:40 am
      Abe getting sweet deals for the in return of some disco dance events with bharatiya fuhrer
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        V. Setty
        Sep 12, 2017 at 2:09 am
        Unfortunately, global politics have intervened here. The best "HSR": High Speed rail technology today is in China, not in Japan. Well, that is real life!!! There are many lessons to be learned from the Chinese experience....the first one being announced goals of completion...... If the entire proposed system in India is completed by 2023, it will be more than a miracle!! I don't know of any major project completed on time and on budget, in India in the past 10 years... good luck to the new minister...
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          mytake
          Sep 12, 2017 at 4:46 am
          If doubting Thomases are not allowed to come near the scene of action (not put in power again, even by mistake) or not allowed to voice their wisdom to confuse people, there is no reason why a sincerely working Team can not do what it wants to do, backed by its Team spirit.
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          MyTake
          Sep 12, 2017 at 2:05 am
          India waited for long years and decades for Modi to arrive to the scene. Its like a penance India was doing to prepare the field for Modi, the father of modern India. One day this will be the verdict of history. He is blessed with many dedicated souls around him and that is his strength, who wants performance and not the power! I can't remember in my physically known history of India for last 70 years anyone in a position of such responsibility sending the message, "we want to do it and we can do it"! Where do they get this power while many of them still grown up under the same corrupt system? That must be the inherent quality of life that always finds its own way, no matter what! Compare this message with the Message of the thieves of yesteryears who were as smelly and disgusting as .....( put in your own word that you can think of)!
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            MyTake
            Sep 12, 2017 at 1:56 am
            A real man of action. His approach and accomplishments are all inspiring for the youth. One wonders with such people such as him and many others in Modi cabinet, who are also Indians, who took birth in the same land, breathe the same air and eat the same food that everyone else for last 70 years, why India after 70 years since Independec was still looked more or less like a beggar or a non-en y at the very least? People in Modi cabinet have not landed from Mars! Where were all these people all these years who considers goodwill and only goodwill is their personal assets and the rests are only the by products of the process (a fundamentaly Indian concepts for ages) and not money earned by hook or by crook and then stacked somewhere in hidden accounts!
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