Those who claim bullet train will create jobs are bluffing: Shiv Sena

Those who claim bullet train will create jobs are bluffing: Shiv Sena

Party sources acknowledged that the launch of the bullet train project could consolidate urban votes in the BJP's favour.

It also criticized that the bullet train project was being fast tracked even as there were a number of railway projects in Vidharbha, Konkan and Marathwada that were yet to commence.

Congress today said that laying of the foundation stone of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project was an attempt to derive political benefit in the forthcoming assembly elections in Gujarat.

BJP ally Shiv Sena has yet again questioned the feasibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bullet train project citing a spate of train derailments over the past few weeks that has raised concerns over the safety of trains. According to them, bullet train is a capital intensive project and is economically unviable.

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.

"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. 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).




Shrikant Shinde, Shiv Sena MP said, "Modi takes decision in haste and doesn't take other people in to confidence".

He further said that even the Rajdhani Express doesn't stop at so many places, where the bullet train is planned to stop and added that the Centre is just trying to fool the people.

The editorial further alleged, "Whoever is saying that the project will generate employment is lying".

"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. The project is expected to cost Rs 1.08 lakh-crore. "Modi's dream is not of the common man but of the rich and the industrialists", it said.

Indian Railways over the years since its inception in 1853 has taken many steps for modernization and technology upgradation.

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