Criticism Against The Bullet Train Project Is A Tad Unfair

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The foundation stone of India's first high-profile high-speed rail project was jointly laid in Ahmedabad on Thursday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

The Congress party is anxious that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project could push it further behind in the race to win the coming Gujarat elections. Expressing their stance on the matter through its mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said the Maharashtra government would have to invest Rs.30,000 crore towards the project purely to satisfy the "wealthy dream" of Modi.

According to the Newspaper, He also took action against erring contractors."Kotak was reacting to Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shevale's announcement that his party meant to move a "no trust" motion against Mehta". Bullet trains won't benefit a chunk of the country, especially those from the economically backward sections.

Taking a dig sarcastically, it said, "It is not entirely certain, as to which problem the bullet train is a solution for". But this government has allocated only 5 per cent of that amount so far.

The Congress leader said there were three lakh vancancies in the Indian Railways of which there were 1,42,000 vacancies on the safety side, which needed to be filled first.

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"Japan has been running bullet trains since 1964, and that too at the speed of 500 to 600 km per hour", said the editorial and added that the important point here is that why there have been no accidents in Japan despite trains running at such speed.

"Even before the train picks up speed, it will halt at the next stop".

While Modi called the project as a harbinger of change, the Congress called the bullet train as a "chunavi bullet train" (election bullet train) as Gujarat, the home state of Modi, is all set to host the Assembly elections later this year.

Jibes, memes and jokes on the bullet train dominated discussions on social media.

Congress spokesperson RPN Singh alleged that the BJP government was ignoring railway safety even though 259 passengers have been killed and 973 injured in 29 major railway accidents since the Modi dispensation assumed office. "Does this bullet train fit into the needs of the country?" the ally asked.

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