Bullet Train Project aimed at reaping benefit in Gujarat poll

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2017

When AV spoke to Raju Shetti, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana Chief he said, "The rural areas of Maharashtra remain underdeveloped and the government is talking about bullet trains".

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. Imagine what would happen if a bullet train gets off the rails, ' another Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said.

Severely criticising the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena on Thursday dismissed it as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "expensive dream" which will "loot the nation of Rs 108,000 crore". Gujarat's elections are around the corner.

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"It is not entirely certain, as to which problem the bullet train is a solution for", continued the sarcastic attack on the Centre's latest project.

The Sena said that the country was getting a bullet train even though no one had demanded it, and questioned whether the project fit the country's needs.

The attack was launched on a day when PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of India's first bullet train project in Ahmedabad. The estimated quantity of concrete in various components of the structure, which includes concrete bridges, piers, foundation, underground station and tunnels is about 120 lakh cubic meter (12 million m3). It added that the project would require land from Maharashtra. The project itself, according to the government's estimate, is likely to generate about 16,000 indirect employment opportunities and 20,000 direct employment opportunities. The GR says that it should be considered "included" in the state governments share in the project. The project is expected to cost Rs 1.08 lakh-crore. "Japan will bring everything required, right from the machinery to labourers from there for the project." an editorial in the party mouthpiece said. The train is expected to cover the distance of over 500 km in less than three hours. "It will cater only to the rich-and-wealthy classes for which Goyal has been specially chosen., and to give something "new" to the industrialists of Gujarat where elections are coming up shortly", the Sena pointed out.

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