Abe arrives on two-day Gujarat visit today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 09:32:52


By R.K.Misra,


On September 14, both the dignitaries would lay stone for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

Both the leaders would also visit 16th century Sidi Saiyed mosque

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a two day visit for a string of high profile engagements including the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train. After Chinese premier Xi Jinping’s visit in 2015, this will be the second visit of a head of state to Ahmedabad after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister.

In a packed itinerary, Abe and Modi would arrive in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon and are slated to visit Sabarmati ashram in the evening. They would also be paying a visit to 16th century Sidi Saiyed mosque known for its iconic window filigree work synonymous with Ahmedabad. They would end the day with a dinner and a closed door meeting at a heritage hotel – House of MG – located cheek by jowl to this mosque.

On September 14, both the dignitaries would begin their day by laying a foundation stone for the much talked about Rs 1.08 lakh-crore Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train at Sabarmati Raliway Station. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and India’s Railway Ministry has already inked an MoU for the 508-km corridor, with Japan to partially fund the entire project.

With capacity to accommodate 750 people, it is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven to roughly three hours. The train, that is expected to become a reality by the year 2022, will have a dozen stoppages en route. A 21-km-long tunnel will also be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, of which 7 km will be under the sea.

After the foundation stone laying ceremony, the two Prime Ministers would hold the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit, at Mahatma Mandir here. This will be the fourth Annual Summit between Modi and Abe, where they are expected to review the progress of the India- Japan cooperation agreements worked out under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

’ The summit comes against the backdrop of growing tension in the region following nuclear test by North Korea and growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.
The two countries are also expected to sign multiple economic deals and launch projects, including Suzuki car manufacturing plant at Hansalpur.