Ahmedabad, Sept 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will participate in a roadshow in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Wednesday. The eight-km-long roadshow would start from the Ahmedabad airport and culminate at the Sabarmati Ashram. (ALSO READ – India Truly Values Ties With Japan, Says PM Narendra Modi Ahead of Shinzo Abe’s Visit)

Notably, this would be the first time that Modi will do a joint roadshow along with the Prime Minister of another country. During his 2-day visit to India, Abe and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit in Ahmedabad on Thursday. This will be the fourth Annual Summit between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe.

“The Japanese PM is landing here directly on September 13. This makes the occasion more important, as he is visiting a state on the very first day of his India visit,” Gujarat BJP unit president Jitubhai Vaghani was quoted as saying by the PTI on Tuesday.

Both the leaders will be accorded a grand welcome along the route of the roadshow. A large number of people, including singing troupes, will perform at 28 different locations along the route of the roadshow.

Here is the complete schedule:

  • Both the leaders, PM Modi and his counterpart Abe will embark on an 8-km long roadshow from Ahmedabad Airport to Sabarmati Ashram.
  • After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930, both the leaders would take a break till evening.
  • In the evening, both the PMs would visit the iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city. The mosque is known across the world for the stone lattice work.
  • The two leaders will also visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.
  • Modi and Abe would then have dinner at ‘Agashiye’ restaurant located near the mosque.
  • On September 14, Abe and Modi will attend the foundation stone laying ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, commonly referred to as the Bullet Train project. The 508-km long rail project is likely to have an estimated cost of Rs 1,10,000 crore.
  • Later that day, both the leaders will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Earlier on Tuesday PM Modi tweeted, “I also look forward to visiting the Sabarmati Ashram & the ‘Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali’ with PM Shinzo Abe during his India visit.”

Emphasising on boosting ties with Japan, PM Modi had tweeted, “PM Shinzo Abe and I will attend a wide range of programmes on 13th and 14th September 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties. India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors.”

(Inputs from PTI)