Consul General Ryoji Noda said India's
first high-speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad that will cover the
distance in two hours will be operational in the next five years .
Mr Noda, who was on a visit to Gujarat capital on January 23rd said both Japan and India were global and
strategic partners and this relationship has further strengthened after
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Gujarat in September last .
Mr Abe and Indian PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated the high-speed train
project, which would connect Ahmedabad and Mumbai in just two hours. This
project should be completed by the end of 2023," Noda told reporters.
to reporters on the sidelines of the function in Gujarat capital, Noda also
said they were promoting Japan as a tourist destination among Indians, as
"very few people" from India visit his country as compared to those
are promoting our tourism among Indian people, as there is a huge gap between
those coming from China and those from India to our country. While around 2.6
million Chinese tourists visit Japan (every year), only 1,20,000 come from
India," he said.