Bullet train foundation stone laid with eye to Gujarat polls: Congress

The Bullet Train Project Can Potentially Transform Our Railways Ecosystem

The announcement of Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train has received mixed reactions from the people of Mumbai, but they were unanimous in their demand for reforms in Mumbai's local trains over the introduction of a bullet train. The agreement covers establishing design, engineering and manufacturing facilities at BHEL using Japanese technology, reports said. "Bullet Train is not India's ordinary masses" dream.

The Congress on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the launch of the bullet train and questioned him on its economic viability.

"This technology will revolutionise and transform the transport sector", Indian Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying. "But, despite the loot and fraud, all are congratulating Modi's pet project", the Shiv Sena said in sharp edits in the party's mouthpieces "Saamana" and "Dopahar Ka Saamana". "When we raised the issue of complete waiver of farmers" loans, the CM had warned of "anarchy' in the fund-starved state".

Thus from the main opposition party, the Congress, to the Shiv Sena, the ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra, critics lambasted Modi's attempt to bring the majestic bullet train to India. "This is the strategy of Modi to sideline Mumbai and develop Ahmedabad as a premier investment destination". However, the government is yet to conduct a survey to find a route from where the train will run. "The Modi government is only trying to woo voters ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls".

Many youngsters from the city liked the idea travel time to Goa being reduced to 2 hrs thanks to the bullet train. The railways have witnessed several accidents so the government should first maintain railway tracks.

However, some welcomed the new venture, and were optimistic about its service.

On Thursday, when PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation of the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project (to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.08 lakh crore) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, we were once again reminded of an otherwise crumbling railway network across the country as a coach of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed in the morning at the New Delhi Railway station. The government is investing in such a project whose ticket is expensive than air fare.



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