PM Narendra Modi, Gujarat Roll Out Red Carpet for Japan PM Shinzo Abe
PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart will lay the foundation stone for the country's first ever bullet train project. The twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are all decked up, with streets dotted with hoardings and banners of Shizo Abe.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe, in Japan on November 12, 2016. (Photo courtesy: pib.nc.in)
New Delhi: Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will roll out the red carpet for Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday when he arrives on a two-day visit to India.
PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart will lay the foundation stone for the country's first ever bullet train project.
The twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are all decked up, with streets dotted with hoardings and banners of Abe.
The visit will begin Wednesday afternoon with an 8 km road show where Abe will be accorded a grand welcome, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present through the road show with Abe with people lining the streets their cavalcade would pass through.
They will visit Sabarmati Ashram and iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city famous for its intricate stone lattice work tomorrow.
Prime Minister Modi will host dinner for Abe at a hotel in the old city area.
Ahmedabad has been recently included in the World Heritage City list. Japanese PM will be given an overview of the heritage of the city in prime minister Modi's home state.
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, and is likely to traverse the distance of over 500 km between in around two hours.
Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi.
The two leaders will hold the 12th Indo-Japan annual Summit meeting at Gandhinagar after which agreements will be exchanged. Later, an India-Japan business plenary meeting will be held.
"We are thankful to the Japanese PM for selecting Gujarat for his visit to India," Gujarat chief secretary J N Singh said.
Fifteen agreements will be signed for investments in Gujarat during the visit of the Japanese prime minister, he said.
Abe's spouse Akie Abe will accompany him and also have a busy schedule. She will be visiting a number of places including an NGO -- Blind People's Association.
(with PTI inputs)
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