When it is finished in 2022, a journey will drop from eight hours to three hours.
Japan is helping to construct the high-speed train that will fire people the 310 miles between Ahmadabad, the main commercial city in Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s native state, to India’s financial capital of Mumbai. As well as offering help and expertise, Japan has helped finance the project by lending money at a cheap rate to India.
That collaboration was reflected by the laying of a foundation stone by Mr Modi and and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, commemorating an institute that will train about 4,000 people to actually make the high-speed train.
“My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India,” he said after work started on the new building. “I hope to enjoy the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years.”
Analysts say building the high-speed train will give a boost to infrastructure development in India’s fast-growing western industrial region, contribute to economic growth and decongest crowded cities.