The best way to judge the progress of any country is by looking at its railway connectivity. The much awaited dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring high-speed trains to India is going to become a reality soon. On his first trip to Japan next week, he will be discussing bullet train project besides other issues. The multi-million dollar venture is a part of NDA Governmentâ€™s ambitious â€“ Diamond quadrangle project. However, China which has the largest high-speed train network in the world is also trying to sell its trains to India at a much lower price in comparison to Japan. The cost of one bullet train is estimated at Rs 60,000 crore, as announced by the Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda during his Budget speech. While presenting his first Rail Budget, Sadanand Gowda said, â€ Indian Railways is on course to fulfill its long cherished dream. I propose a Bullet train on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector.â€ Railways being an important mode of transportation in India is in dire need of overhaul as most of Indiaâ€™s 1.2 billion people travel in it. Therefore, India cannot ignore the opportunities to restructure the entire system. It was reported that both Japan and China are at loggerheads to build high-speed train network in India. Japan which is already working on the plan and will hard sell Shinkansen network for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai network to the Prime Minister during his Japan visit. It was reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to convince Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buy trains from Shinkansen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his maiden trip to Japan and is expected to land in Kyoto this weekend. In 2007, as the Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi took first ride of high speed train in Tokyo. He was sitting in operational part of the train during that ride. Bullet trains will help in cutting down traveling time. China is looking for private investment in India. Its Government recently announced private investment in this sector. Chinese President Xi Jingping will be visiting India in mid-September this year. He too is expected to sell Chinese rail network to India. However, Japan has an edge when compared to Chinese trains. Japanese trains are of better quality and maintain higher safety measures. China has a record of a major train accidents in which several hundred people have been killed. Therefore, chances are that India will prefer Japanese bullet trains. This is another thing that despite having a fail-proof safety and speed system, Japan has not been able to sell its rail network successfully overseas. But now with the assistance of Japanâ€™s International High-Speed Rail Association that builds high-speed trains, Japan will try to sell the product to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Japan. Several feasibility studies have been conducted for bullet trains on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. Presently, the fastest train between the two cities is the Shatabdi Express, which takes nearly seven hours. India is planning to build high-speed rain networks on other routes as well such as Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa and Hyderabad-Secunderabad. These high-speed trains are expected to run at a maximum speed of 320 km per hour. With Narendra Modiâ€™s Diamond Quadrilateral Rail Project on cards, it seems that Indian Railways will definitely write a better story. It will end traveling woes and will also help India develop at a faster pace.