Modi, Abe get India's first bullet train going as ties deepen

Modi, Abe get India's first bullet train going as ties deepenAs India’s premier Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe prepare to break ground on the country’s first bullet train project Thursday, experts say the collaboration could signal a massive leap for its overburdened and deadly railways. India’s colonial-era rail network carries some 22 million passengers daily, making it one of the busiest in the world. Modi has pledged to invest billions of dollars to modernise the country’s crumbling railway infrastructure, which is plagued by delays, and the bullet train was one of his key election promises ahead of a landslide victory in 2014.



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