Japan Expects To Win Right To Build India's First Bullet Train

08/12/2015 12:46 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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An East Japan Railway Co. Shinkansen bullet train stands at Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, July 27, 2012. Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co. is working on feasibility studies for high-speed trains in India, Indonesia and Vietnam as it tries to help Japanese rail companies boost sales overseas. Photographer: Junko Kimura/Bloomberg via Getty Images

TOKYO -- Japan is expected to win the right to construct India's first bullet train, after losing an Indonesian high-speed rail deal to China, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday.

Japan will offer more than 1 trillion yen ($8.11 billion) in loans to construct India's 980 billion rupee fast train, according to the report.

Japan recently lost the bid to build Indonesia's first fast-train because Beijing provided a $5 billion loan without guarantees.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, due to visit India this week, and his counterpart Narendra Modi are expected to issue a joint statement on the deal, the Nikkei said.

Tokyo was picked to assess the feasibility of building the 505 kms (313 miles) corridor linking Mumbai with Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Modi's home state, and concluded it would be technically and financially viable.

Construction of the high-speed railway link will start from 2017 and will be completed in 2023, the Nikkei reported.

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