Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will arrive in Ahmedabad shortly. (File Photo)

Ahmedabad:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will arrive in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad today. The visit is seen as an effort to cement ties between India and Japan. The two leaders would carry out a first-of-its-kind roadshow from the city’s airport to the iconic monument Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram. Mr Abe is on a two-day visit to India and will lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. For his grand welcome, the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are decked up with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners dotting them.Here are the live updates of Shinzo Abe’s Gujarat visit:


Song and dance to line PM Modi-Abe roadshow in Ahmedabad

Thousands of people will line up along the 9-km stretch through which the cavalcade of the two VVIPs will pass. It will also have scores of children singing and dancing every few hundred metres, on 28 stages, to highlight myriad of cultures in India.

For PM Modi And Japan’s Abe, A Trip To Famous Mosque

At the centre of the visit lies Rs 1.08 lakh crore Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project

Tomorrow, PM Modi and Mr Abe would lay foundation stone of the much-touted Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train at Sabarmati Athletic Grounds near Sabarmati railway station.

With capacity to accommodate 750 people, the bullet train is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven to roughly three hours. The train project, which is expected to be commissioned by the year 2022, will have a dozen halts.

A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, seven km of which will be under sea.

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Here’s how the day will unfold for PM Modi and Mr Abe

This afternoon, the two leaders begin their grand roadshow along a 9-km stretch from the Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram

An hour later, they will then visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram

In the evening, the two leaders will visit Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali, a 16th century mosque built in yellow sandstone in eastern Ahmedabad

The banks of Sabarmati river in the city are lit up in the colours of Indian national flag.

Preparations galore in Ahmedabad ahead of Abe visit

A day prior to Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, PM said that, “India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors.”

He also shared details of the preparations done in Gujarat ahead of Mr Abe’s arrival. The city’s is lit up in fluorescent colours.

Courtesy of NDTV News