Ahmedabad all set to welcome Shinzo Abe, tweets Modi

Ahmedabad all set to welcome Shinzo Abe, tweets Modi

Ahmedabad all set to welcome Shinzo Abe, tweets Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome the Japanese leader to his home state for a two day visit on Wednesday.

Gujarat BJP unit president Jitubhai Vaghani giving the details of the preparations done, to the reporters said that "This is for the first time in the country when our prime minister along with the prime minister of another country is doing a joint road show".

Immediately after Abe and his wife Akie touch down in Ahmedabad, they will accompany PM Modi on a a first-of-its-kind 8-km roadshow that will wind its way from the airport to the city's regional tax office.

"Out of the total strength of 10,500 policemen in the city, we will be deploying around 7,000 of them, that is 70 per cent of the total strength".

India's railway ministry said the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR), as it is officially known, will herald a new era of "safety, speed and service" for the country. With China using its huge foreign exchange reserve to acquire economic depth overseas while trying to muscle aside other Asian powers, India and Japan can work together to buttress a multipolar Asia, as well as to provide an alternative model of development for Asia and Africa that respects sovereignty and democratic principles. 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that India truly values its ties with Japan and that he looked forward to further boost the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas.

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On Thursday, Abe and Modi will lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022. The high-speed train will considerably reduce travel time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which are major commercials hubs.

After touring Sabarmati Ashram, the two leaders will meet again and visit a 16th-century mosque - Sidi Sayyaid ki Jaali.

Around Rs 1.10 lakh crore will be spent on the project, of which Rs 88,000 crore will be funded by a soft loan from Japan.

Bilateral talks between Indian and Japanese delegations are also expected and sevral MoUs are expected to be signed at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.

When Modi came to Japan last November as part of the two countries' annual summits, he travelled by shinkansen with Abe from Tokyo to Kobe in western Japan and inspected a bullet train plant of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., a maker of shinkansen cars.

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