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Will try to complete bullet train project by 2022: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

India’s ambitious bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is likely to be completed a year ahead of its stipulated deadline (December 2023), said newly-appointed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.

“Deadline still remains December 2023, but we will try to complete Bullet train by Aug 15, 2022,” Goyal said while addressing a press conference. The Union Minister also pointed out that the construction of the high-speed train corridor will provide 4,000 directs jobs for running the system and 20,000 indirect jobs. 

Goyal also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a important role in helping the country to get cheap loan from Japan for the construction of bullet train corridor.

“Prime Minister’s goodwill and image instrumental in India getting such cheap loan from Japan for bullet train,” Goyal said, adding that the speed with which Modi-led government has implemented all projects has bolstered his confidence that bullet train will be completed on time. 

Stating that India kept running railways on technologies that were discarded by other developed countries years ago, the Union Minister believes that introduction of bullet train will revolutionise the country’s outdated railway system. “Make in India will eventually bring down cost of bullet train manufacturing. We could export to the world,” he added.