New Delhi, September 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India values its relations with Japan ahead of the visit of  PM Shinzo Abe. In a tweet, Modi said India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors.

Modi added he will be attending the programme where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will lay foundation stone of the ambitious bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. In a series of tweets, PM Modi tweeted, “I look forward to welcoming PM Shinzo Abe. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together.”

He added, “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. Emphasising on boosting ties with Japan, PM Modi said, “I also look forward to visiting the Sabarmati Ashram & the ‘Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali’ with PM Shinzo Abe during his India visit.”

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had said the project will begin on September 14. He was quoted by IANS as saying, “The commencement of work on the country’s first High-Speed Rail (Bullet train) project will begin on September 14 in Ahmedabad. This will be a historical moment as India will get its first bullet train.This is an occasion to celebrate the advent of the most modern technology in India. It shall also benefit the farmers for transportation of agricultural produce in a fast mode”

The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project will entail an estimated cost of Rs 1,10,000 crore.  508 km stretch will have 468 km of elevated track, 27 km inside tunnel and the remaining 13 km on the ground. The high-speed train will also pass through the country’s biggest tunnel of 21 km, of which seven km will be under the sea.

(With inputs from IANS)