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India's bullet train project launched by PM Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe: 11 Points

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The Indian Railways moved a step closer in its quest to give the country's vast railroad network a modern face, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the much-hyped Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed bullet train project.

The ambitious high-speed rail project – a pre-poll promise by PM Modi – will come at an estimated cost of about Rs 1.08 lakh crore and is expected to be completed by 2022.

The bullet train project is being heralded by the government as the "train for India's future" and is expected to not only cut down travel time between the two cities but also spur economic growth by creating new jobs.

Here's all you need to know:

Project cost

The ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed bullet train project will cost an estimated Rs 1.08 lakh crore.

Number of trains

There will be a total of 35 high-speed bullet trains that will run on the route. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.


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