Gujarat to Mumbai train could go 217mph – double the speed of India’s current fastest – and is funded with low-interest Japanese loan

India’s creaking, colonial-era railway system is preparing to take a giant leap forward as the Indian prime minister breaks ground on the country’s first bullet train project.

Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the high-speed line on Thursday during a visit by his Japanese counterpart, Shinzō Abe, to the western state of Gujarat.

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