Japan could upend Chinese competition for supply of bullet train technology to India.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hawk Shinkansen technology when he visits India next month, according to a Japanese newspaper.
During the forthcoming visit, Abe will 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.
Abe will make a sales pitch for use of Japanese technology in similar projects when he meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japan Times reported. Significantly, China has pitched its own train for Indian bullet train projects.
However, it looks very unlikely that Chinese lobbying will be effective at a time when both the countries are locked in a an apparently unending military standoff over the Dokalam tri-junction
The 500-km railway will link Mumbai and Ahmedabad in western India. Services are planned to commence in 2023. This train is based on Japanese high-speed technology called Shinkansen, known for its safety and comfort.
The Narendra Modi government has pledged to build high-speed railways focussed on the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Modi travelled by Shinkansen with Abe from Tokyo to Kobe to visit a bullet-train plant of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, a maker of Shinkansen cars, during his visit to Japan last November.
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