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16 September 2017, 11:44 | Devin Moran
Bullet train not a common man's dream: Sena
"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.
"I hope to enjoy the handsome scenery of India through the windows of the bullet train when I come back here in a few years". Nobody sought a bullet train. 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". This was a $7 billion contract envisaged under the Delhi-Mumbai Economic Corridor that would have also led to the introduction of bullet trains.
Of the 508-km route and 12 stations of the bullet train, 120 km and four stations will fall in Maharashtra. 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. "This is loot, yet we are congratulating the Prime Minister on his dream-fulfilling project".
"Even before the train picks up speed, it will halt at the next stop".
The main opposition Congress called the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train an "election bullet train" project launched with an eye on the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.
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"My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a farsighted leader". Therefore, Shiv Sena wants the government to first revive railway projects in these areas instead of focussing on bullet train venture.
"Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation for several projects, from the Bhakra Nangal to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, to ensure the country advanced in technology and science".
Once again, one of their oldest ally, Shiv Sena, slammed the government's priorities and termed the exorbitant investment as a dream for the rich and wealthy.
Even a group of farmers from Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra protested against the project fearing acquisition of their lands.
Only time will tell us whether the bullet train project is elitist or for the development of all Indians.
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