Shinzo Abe in India: Modi, Abe visits Sabarmati Aashram

Shinzo Abe in India: Modi, Abe visits Sabarmati Aashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe to the famous 16th century Sidi Saiyyed mosque in Ahmedabad after their visit to the Sabarmati Ashram, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi.

The next morning, on Thursday, PM Modi and Abe would participate in the foundation stone laying ceremony of the much-touted Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train at Sabarmati Athletic Grounds near Sabarmati railway station.

Abe begins his two-day visit on Wednesday during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-Japan annual Summit in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar. Japan is one of only two countries with which India has an annual summit mechanism.

Defence cooperation between the two countries could also be one of the issues on the agenda for the Modi-Abe talks with India and Japan engaged in negotiations for purchase of United States 2i surveillance aircraft from Tokyo for several years now.

Gujarat is also setting up a second Japanese Industrial Park as Modi's home state decks up to host PM Shinzo Abe.

Among key projects under Japan's assistance is the huge plan of Dedicated Freight Corridors, with higher speed and capacity for freights, has been partly funded by JICA.

India's traditional railway network is the world's fourth largest by distance and remains the vast country's main form of travel, with 22 million passengers commuting daily.

Shinzo Abe in India: Modi, Abe visits Sabarmati Aashram

Before two years, soon after assuming office Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first bilateral visit to Japan, India's immediate neighborhood.

The two Prime Ministers will also visit Dandi Kutir, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

So going by what officials from the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) told HT, the fair could be anywhere between ₹3,000 and ₹5,000, depending on the train speed.

At 1 Pm there will be an exchange of agreements and press statements by the two PM's.

An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held.

The two countries are expected to sign a series of accords, including one on maritime cooperation, during the visit, India's The Statesman newspaper reported. Abe and Modi are also expected this week to announce major investments in the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, their new development agenda designed as a more fiscally sustainable, less centrally planned alternative to Xi's Belt and Road Initiative.