Japanese companies may bag major supply contract of $17 billion bullet train project: Report

PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had inaugurated the bullet train project in Ahmedabad last year. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 18, 2018, 04.57 AM (IST)

Japanese companies are favourites to bag a major chunk of the $17 billion bullet train contract, Reuters newswire reported today.

Japanese companies are likely to supply at least 70 per cent of the components of the rail line, the newswire said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart  Shinzo Abe had visited Ahmedabad in September last year to inaugurate the bullet train project.

The bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai will cover a 508km long route with around 11 stops when it is finally completed.

The government intends to complete the first leg on August 15, 2022. However, it may take as long as 2023 for the train to start.

Reuters quoted a Japanese transport ministry official on condition of anonymity saying that the two countries were still working out a strategy for the supply of key components, and would unveil a plan for procurement around July.

The project involves employment of nearly  24,000 people with 20,000 temporarily involved and another 4,000 set to get permanent employment through the project.