India-Japan Review Progress of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway Project in the 17th Joint Committee Meeting

Railways and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Japanese Special Advisor Masafumi Mori Lead Discussions on Steady Advancement towards the Shinkansen System for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): India and Japan reviewed the progress of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway (MAHSR) project in the 17th Joint Committee meeting on April 25. The Railways and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw co-chaired the online meeting with Masafumi Mori, Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister.

Top officials from the Railways, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) attended the meeting from the Indian side. On the Japanese side, executives from relevant ministries and agencies, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Economy, Trade and Industry, Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), participated in the meeting.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry issued a statement stating, “At this meeting, we confirmed the progress of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project and held technical discussions to ensure the steady progress of the project going forward.”

It added, “The Japanese government will continue to work closely with the Indian government to realise the introduction of the Shinkansen system on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway.”

Recently, Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced substantial progress in India’s inaugural bullet train project, slated to begin operations on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route by 2026. With over six years of effort, more than 290 km of track, including bridges over 8 rivers and the construction of 12 stations out of the total 508 km, have been completed. Minister Vaishnaw expressed confidence, stating, “The project is nearing completion.”


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