Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched work to build India’s first high-speed train in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Mostly funded by a $17bn (£12.78bn) loan from Japan, the bullet train will run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai.
When the service starts operating in five years’ time, the 500km (310-mile) journey time is expected to be cut to three hours from the current eight.
Mr. Abe is making a two-day visit to India, a close ally of Japan.
“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 laying the foundation stone on Thursday.
“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.”