Japanese PM Abe Shinzo and Indian PM Narendra Modi have inaugurated India’s first bullet train project at Sabarmati, Ahmedabad – with this the high-speed bullet train project train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai has kicked off.

Indian dream of having a bullet train in country is one step closer to fulfilment as the foundation stone of Rs 1.10 lakh Crore worth mega project – was laid by Shinzo-Modi duo – today morning. The bullet train will run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, covering a distance of over 500 km in around two hours. This project is expected to be complete by 2022 with technical as well as financial assistance of Rs 88 thousand crore as soft loan from Japan. The ambitious project will not bring in the trend of bullet trains in India, but will also boost Indo-Japanese economic relations and alliance.

As per the PMO, this project will provide employment as well as once complete, it will boost travelling convenience for passengers. With this project, the 164-years-old Indian Railways will get a technology propulsion and hence will improve travelling efficiency and quality. For Japan – the strategic rival of China, it is a major victory against Chinese company Siemens AG, Bombardier Inc., Alstom and CRRC. It will also serve the same purpose for India after a mishap with China recently.

With this project’s completion, India has now become the first South Asian importer of ‘Shinkansen’ bullet-train technology after Japan’s near-neighbor Taiwan, and that will be a highlight of India’s infrastructure upgrade program. But we also hope that if the country is initiating such an expensive and high-tech train project, then the Government will take immediate actions on continuous derailments going on across the country since a fortnight. Safety of common passengers must not be ignored at any point and it is something to be looked into.