Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is arranging to visit India in late September to attend a ceremony for a high-speed rail link using Japanese bullet-train technology, government sources said Wednesday.

During the visit, Abe is expected to serve as "top salesman" for the adoption of shinkansen technology by other Indian railway systems, with China also aiming to win orders for the projects, the sources said.

The 500-km railway will link Mumbai and Ahmedabad in western India, with services planned to commence in 2023.