Ahmedabad, Sept 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) 508-km Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail here. Once completed, the bullet train will cover 508 kilometres and reduce travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to around 2 hours from the existing 7-8 hours. The live streaming of the event has ended. The ground-breaking ceremony of bullet train took place at Sabarmati Athletic Grounds near Sabarmati railway station at 9:50 am.

After bullet train launch, PM Modi and Abe will also attend the the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at the sprawling auditorium complex Mahatma Mandir in the state capital Gandhinagar. PM Modi and Shinzo Abe will also visit Dandi Kutir, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will also host the two leaders at Science City for a dinner.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began a two-day visit to India on Wednesday. PM Modi, who personally received Abe at the Sardar Vallabhhai Patel International airport with a warm hug, took him through a road show to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and the iconic Sidi Saiyed mosque representing the once syncretic culture of the city.