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Criticism Against The Bullet Train Project Is A Tad Unfair

Criticism Against The Bullet Train Project Is A Tad Unfair

"Bullet Train is not India's ordinary masses" dream.

"The Prime Minister's dream is not of the common man, but for the interest of the wealthy and the business class", the editorial read. "Even if there are no elections, I feel the Govt. should go ahead with this project", said a media analyst.

He was hopeful that the government will make provisions to make tickets for the bullet train affordable to general public, and added that it will prove beneficial to those, who can't afford flight tickets.

Of the 508-km route and 12 stations of the bullet train, 120 km and four stations will fall in Maharashtra.

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

Former railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge said the project would take a longer time to complete as the ground work, including land acquisition, was yet to start.

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"It is a matter of deep concern that while the Prime Minister once again adopted a UPA project, it took him 3.5 years to come to this stage of laying a foundation stone, only to ensure that it is timed with the Gujarat election", he added.

The two leaders enjoy a close friendship - Mr Modi chose Japan as the destination for his first bilateral visit outside South Asia as prime minister.

Japan is running bullet trains since 1964 and what has to be seen is that there has never been any accident of the trains running at high speeds, it said.

Both the Congress and the Shiv Sena questioned the objective behind launching the train. The government receives grant from the World Bank for bullet train project and construction of Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi highway but why can't they get assistance for developing rural areas. The Shiv Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece "Saamna", launched a number of attack on Narendra Modi government and asked whether the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train project really fits the needs of the country. "All those projects were needed by the country. Modi's dream is not of the common man but of the rich and industrialists", said the Sena, which is an ally of the BJP in Maharashtra and at the Centre.

Only time will tell us whether the bullet train project is elitist or for the development of all Indians.