NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi said the bullet train project, he and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for on Thursday "will add speed to India's growth", "shorten the distance between people and places" and "increase productivity thanks to high speed connectivity".
Both Abe and Modi said after they laid the high speed rail between Ahmedabad and Mumbai that the project will be a huge boost for the 'Make in India' goal something both India and Japan are committed to.
MUMBAI: Slamming the bullet train project, NDA ally Shiv Sena today said the project was not a dream of the common man but that of PM Narendra Modi.
The Shiv Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', sought to know if the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed train project really fits into the needs of the country.
On Thursday, P M Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe formally kicked off a plan to build the 316-mile bullet train line -- roughly the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Financing by Japan also means business farmed out to companies such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Hitachi Ltd. and East Japan Railway Co. and an opportunity lost for China's CRRC Corp Ltd. and European manufacturers including Alstom SA.