India, Japan to sign bullet train deal

PTI
Published Dec 9, 2015, 1:08 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 7:32 pm IST
A deal with India would be second successful export of bullet train technology by Japan.
The first bullet train in India is proposed to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad
 The first bullet train in India is proposed to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad

Tokyo: India is set to sign a deal with Japan this week on the country’s first bullet train, with Tokyo financing the bulk of the high-speed-rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad through a USD 8 billion loan, a leading Japanese business daily reported on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will issue a joint statement on the deal on Saturday during latter's visit to India, The Nikkei reported. Abe will convey an offer of more than USD 8.1 billion in official Japanese lending for the roughly USD 14.6 billion project to link Mumbai and Ahm-edabad with 505km railway line, it said.

 

“The two sides are discussing financing terms that would disburse about 100 billion yen a year over a decade or so. Senior Abe adviser Hiroto Izumi and Japanese foreign ministry officials on Monday wrapped up a trip to India, during which they discussed financing and other aspects of the project,” the daily said.

A deal with India would be the second successful case of Japan exporting its bullet train technology to a foreign market, following a deal with Taiwan in 2007. Japan failed to win a high-speed train deal in Indonesia earlier this year, losing out to a Chinese proposal.

 

India ranked as the second-biggest recipient of Japanese-government-backed yen loans as of fiscal 2013, with a running total of 4.45 trillion yen, the business daily said, citing Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The railway loan deal could propel it ahead of the largest borrower, Indonesia, which had a 4.72 trillion yen tally. Once India decides to adopt Japanese train technology, it will hold a tender for contracts.

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