Hasn’t there been any MoU of Bullet Train signed at all ? Did RTI expose it ?

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So is Bullet train a lie ? Has no MoU been signed with Japan yet ?
Congressman Gaurav Pandhi says so on basis of an RTI reply.
The RTI reply dated 13th October 2017 says
‘No MoU/Agreement was signed for Bullet train project during the visit of Prime Minister of Japan to India on September 14, 2017’

Gaurav Pandhi (Nehruvian Congressman Political Activist Indian National Congress )

Shakeel Ahmad, National Spokes Person, Congress

Lalu Prasad Yadav says “झूठे कहीं के, जुमलेबाज़ कहीं के! बुलेट ट्रेन को लेकर कोई MoU साइन ही नहीं हुआ और गुजरातियों से वोट माँग रहे है।”


Well, the RTI reply indeed is true but a fact is underplayed by Congress people i.e it wasn’t signed “during the visit of Prime Minister of Japan to India on September 14, 2017

So the Bullet Train MoU wasn’t signed on 14th September 2017, but Gaurav Pandhi says Modi Govt didn’s sign any MoU with Japan.

“Modi Govt didn’t sign any MoU for Bullet Train with Japan, reveals an RTI. See, I told you, PM was never serious about Bullet Train, it was all just for the show-off !! ” – Gaurav Pandhi

But on 13th December 2015 PIB India published a press report claiming the MoU between India and Japan

Entire Text from Above

” Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
13-December-2015 18:31 IST

India and Japan ink three agreements for cooperation in Railway Sector

One MoU is on cooperation and assistance in the Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project

Two more comprehensive technological cooperation agreements signed for modernization and upgradation of Indian Railways

India and Japan have signed an MoU on 12th December, 2015 on cooperation and assistance in the Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (referred by many as Bullet Train project). The two countries have also entered into two comprehensive technological cooperation agreements on 11th December 2015, for modernization and upgradation of Indian Railways.

These agreements have been signed during the official visit to India of His Excellency Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, during December 11 – 13, 2015.

The details of cooperation envisaged in the three Memorandums are as follows:

1)      MoU between India and Japan on cooperation and assistance in the Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Project

India and Japan have signed an MoU on 12th December, 2015 on cooperation and assistance in the Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (referred by many as Bullet Train project). Japan has offered an assistance of over Rs.79,000 crore for the project. The loan is for a period of 50 years with a moratorium of 15 years, at an interest rate of 0.1 per cent. The project is a 508 Kilometer railway line costing a total of Rs. 97,636 crore, to be implemented in a period of seven years. It has been agreed that Shinkansen Technology will be adopted for the project.  The cooperation of Japan will be fixed on transfer of technology and “Make in India”. Japan will assist India in training of personnel for HSR.

2)      Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Ministry of Railways and MLIT, Japan on technological cooperation
 Areas of cooperation:

 (a) Railway Safety;

 (b) Rolling stock including train sets/EMUs;

 (c) Information sharing for station development and land value capture;

 (d) Information sharing for environment friendly sanitation technology in trains

 (e) Signalling and telecommunication;

 (f) Railway Electrification;

 (g) Civil structure and railway track system;

 (h) Train control system;

 (i) Mitigation of natural disasters;and

 (j) Any other areas jointly determined by both Sides within the scope of this MoC.


3)      MoU on technological cooperation between RDSO and Railway Technical Research Institute Japan

The main directions of cooperation between the Parties shall be the development of rail-related technical cooperation in which the Parties may have mutual interest, performance of consultation and other services, 

The broad areas of technical cooperation may include:

 (i)             Safety in train operation;

 (ii)           Advanced techniques of maintenance;

 (iii)          Use of environment friendly technologies;

 (iv)         Throughput enhancement measures; and

 (v)           Any other area jointly agreed upon by the Parties

Specific projects under the above cooperation areas and modalities of cooperation will be jointly discussed and decided by the parties.


Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu had wide-ranging discussions on various aspects of railways – covering modernization, safety and technology upgradation of Indian Railways – during his visit to Japan in September 2015. He held discussions with the concerned Ministers of Japan and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. On the investment requirements of Indian Railways, he had discussions with leading financial institutions and investment bankers and explained to them the 5 year USD 140 billion investment plan of Indian Railways. He had discussions with Pension Funds as well, to seek their investments in the Railways. Another focus was the Technology upgradation of Indian Railways through cooperation of Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) of India and the Japan Railway Technical Research Institute (JRTRI), both key railway research organizations.

The comprehensive technological cooperation as envisaged in the above Memorandums are the result of the above discussions and follow-up.


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