Piyush Goyal: High-Speed Rail Project will transform the country

Recently appointed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, on India’s most ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, said that the country’s rail network will be transformed and revolutionised with the initiative.

To which he mentioned that “There has been a zero accident train in Japan and I am sure the track record will remain the same in India. The coming of bullet trains to India will not only boost employment but also will help India to export it.”

Adding to the above statement he mentioned, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given directions for a holistic development of the Indian Railways. India’s transport sector is all set to change and it is indeed a matter of celebration.”

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will also be visiting India on September 13-14, to attend the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ and foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs. 97,636-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail link, using Japanese bullet-train technology.

As Japan Times had reported, “During the visit, Prime Minister Abe will also hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi and is expected to serve as the “top salesman” for the adoption of the Shinkansen technology by other Indian railway systems, with China also aiming to win orders for the projects.”

The 500-km railway will link Mumbai and Ahmedabad in Western India, with services planned to commence in 2023. This train is based on Japanese high-speed technology called Shinkansen, known for its safety and comfort.

India has pledged to build high-speed railways, focused on the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.