The foundations stone to India’s first ever bullet train project was laid by Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe. The bullet train looks like a very expensive feat for India. However, the pressure is more on the Japanese and less on the Indian government as most of the funding is provided by the Japanese.
The estimated cost of the bullet project is Rs 1,10,000 crores out of which more than Rs 80,000 crores will be a soft loan from Japan. The project looks very expensive which is why many government officials are criticizing this move. The estimated cost of the bullet project is Rs 1,10,000 crores out of which more than Rs 80,000 crores will be a soft loan from Japan.
The project looks very expensive which is why many government officials are criticizing this move. This bullet train is said to travel from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. It’s said that the speeds will be ranging from 320 – 350 km per hour which will also shorten the commute from a long seven-hour haul to an easy journey that will take less than three hours.
Among the many officials that have a lot to say about the Bullet Train Project of Indian Railways, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party expressed his views. He says that the Government should have considered the bullet train route to be from New Delhi to Kolkata.
Considering the vast population who are employed and poor in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Mr. Yadav says that the people would’ve benefited if the bullet train were to start from New Delhi to Kolkata via Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He also expressed that the project is very expensive for the government despite the loan provided by the Japanese.
Not the Right Route Says, Akhilesh Yadav
While Akhilesh Yadav suggests that a different route would’ve been better, the Shiv Sena Party slammed the bullet train project. The party said that the project is not the dream of a common man but rather that of our honorable Prime Minister. The Sena demanded to know whether the bullet train project is what our country needs right now.
Shiv Sena – We Did Not Ask For It!
The Shiv Sena party said, “We are getting a bullet train without asking for it. We do not know exactly which problem will this problem solve,” on the day our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone. The Sena also compared this foundation ceremony to the many projects founded by our former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru. They made their points stating that the projects that were founded by our former Prime Minister were necessary for the advancement of the country, but demanded to know how is this bullet train project fulfilling the needs of our country?
The Sena went on demand an explanation for why the loan waiver of farmers was not met yet the government is ready to spend such a huge amount on a bullet train project. They also stated that the project will create employment opportunities is a huge rumor and that Japan will bring everything required, right from materials to laborers for the project.
While we may agree or disagree with their views, we cannot do anything but ponder upon whether this project is necessary or not. All we can do is wait and see what happens. Stay tuned to NTES Website for more such news on Indian Railways!