Shiv Sena criticises PM Narendra Modi's bullet train project

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Mr Modi succinctly underscored the importance and significance of the rail project, the first of its growth-propelling genre, by remarking that "more productivity with high-speed connectivity" is what the nation would gain from the bullet train. Modi's dream is not of the common man but of the rich and industrialists, ' the Sena, which shares power with BJP both in Maharashtra and at the Centre, said. Moreover, the newly-appointed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal - who is also the BJP treasurer - has been specifically brought in only for this project, the Sena said, adding "as part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's "policy of transparency".

Opposition parties and Shiv Sena have launched a scathing attack against the Modi government for giving nod to the bullet train project. "Only if one lakh passengers travel in the train, the project will be economically viable", said Kharge. At a time when Indian railways have been witnessing accidents, time has come for the government to get its act right and overhaul the rail network instead of investing in the bullet train project.

"The air fare for Mumbai to Ahmedabad is Rs 2,000, and the bullet train fare would be between Rs 2,800 and Rs 5,000".

In a government resolution (GR) issued by the home department (transport) on Tuesday, conditions have been set as to the cost of the land at BKC to be allocated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

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.

The party in its mouthpiece- Saamana- has lashed out at Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train project questioning its need.




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

"The UPA government had signed an agreement with Japan in 2013".

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

It also suggested that the project was being commissioned keeping an eye on the Gujarat elections.

Singh also said: "At this rate it will take years and years to complete since basics like land acquisition, intricate details are yet to be completed". "Does this bullet train fit into the needs of the country?" the ally asked.

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