Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

The Sena had yesterday slammed the bullet train project, saying it was not a dream of the common man but that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana has said that the road show with Japanese Prime Minister was followed by the bullet train project's foundation stone-laying ceremony; but after the Maratha community held a huge road show, it received nothing from the government.

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". Furthermore, the state wants the Centre and Railways to ensure that the entry and exit of the bullet train station, ventilation system should be constructed within the 0.9-hectares plot allocated by the MMRDA. Arguments along these lines formed a part of a very heated debate on the need for a bullet train. "For the dream train, the Maharashtra chief minister is going to spend '40,000 crore while Maratha community issue was sent to a sub-committee", the editorial said.

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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. "Is the bullet train a project of national importance for which such a huge amount is being spent to cover the 508-km distance at 350-kmph speed?" the Sena demanded. "Most of the stops are in Gujarat and there are stops in places which have a population of just 36,000", said Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh. This was a $7 billion contract envisaged under the Delhi-Mumbai Economic Corridor that would have also led to the introduction of bullet trains. "This is loot, yet we are congratulating the Prime Minister on his dream-fulfilling project". The GR says that it should be considered "included" in the state governments share in the project. "At least 259 passengers have been killed and 973 injured in 29 major railway accidents since the Modi government took office", he added. It also sought to know if the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed train project really fits into the needs of the country.

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