'Wow, That's Special': Apple CEO Tim Cook On Stunning Chenab Bridge In J&K
The Apple CEO halted after he came across a photograph of the Chenab Bridge right outside Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw`s cabin. Seeing the photo, Cook`s instant reaction was "Wow."
New Delhi: Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook, who is in India these days, appreciated the Chenab Bridge – an engineering marvel – after spotting an image of the under-construction bridge at Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s office here. As the Apple CEO walked through the office of the Rail Minister, he came across a photograph of the Chenab Bridge right outside Vaishnaw`s cabin. Seeing the photo, Cook`s instant reaction was "Wow."
Later, Union Railway Minister Vaishnaw shared a video in which he could be seen explaining to the Apple CEO the significance of the Chenab bridge which is currently under construction.
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Vaishnaw told Cook that the Vande Bharat train would be running on this railway bridge by December this year. "This bridge connects the northern state of Kashmir. And this bridge is about 30 metres taller if compared to the Eiffel Tower," Vaishnaw told Cook.
On this, the Apple CEO replied "Wow". Vaishnaw further said, "Again fully designed in India, we recently commissioned the railway track over it. And by December we will be running the Vande Bharat train on this." "Oh wow! that is special! Wow!" reacted Tim Cook.
Notably, Vande Bharat trains are one of the most ambitious projects of the Modi government with these semi-high-speed trains connecting the length and breadth of the country "India laid about 5,000 kilometres of new tracks. 5000 kilometres of new tracks is like setting up a completely new network equivalent to what Switzerland has. Switzerland is about 5,200 kilometres. So, it is like setting up one whole new Switzerland rail line. That is the pace with which the country is working," the Railway Minister said. Tim Cook`s response was "That’s amazing!"
Tim Cook Presented With A Replica Of Vande Bharat Train
On Wednesday evening during his meeting with the Railway Minister, the Apple CEO was presented with a special memento - a replica of the Vande Bharat train. Taking to Twitter after the meeting, Vaishnaw said "Met with Tim Cook, CEO, Apple. Discussed deepening Apple`s engagement in India across manufacturing, electronics exports, app economy, skilling, sustainability and job creation, especially for women. Jointly charting a long-term and strong relationship."
Met with @tim_cook, CEO, Apple. Discussed deepening Apple’s engagement in India across manufacturing, electronics exports,
app economy, skilling, sustainability and job creation especially for women. Jointly charting a long-term and strong relationship. pic.twitter.com/L7KVPjq8fk — Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) April 19, 2023
Apple CEO Meets PM Modi
The Apple CEO met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Minister of State for IT and Electronics Rajeev Chandrasekhar also met the tech giant`s CEO on Wednesday. Cook expressed confidence about a long-term working relationship with India.
An absolute delight to meet you, @tim_cook! Glad to exchange views on diverse topics and highlight the tech-powered transformations taking place in India. https://t.co/hetLIjEQEU — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2023
Tim Cook is currently in India for the launch of two Apple stores. The first was launched in Mumbai on Tuesday while the second retail store was unveiled in Delhi on Thursday.
Viewing India as its long-term market, the iPhone manufacturer has expressed interest in expansion plans, including manufacturing the latest products. Currently, the employment strength of Apple in India stands at 1 lakh. Sources said this is expected to go up to 2 lakh in the coming years.