Shiv Sena slams Modi's bullet train

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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.

'Does this bullet train fit into the needs of the country?' it asked and raked up the issue of agrarian distress in some states.It said the demand for waiver of farm loans was being made for the last several years and that nobody sought a bullet train.

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". "The Government is getting a bullet train without asking for it".

One Mumbaikar was of the opinion that bringing bullet trains when local trains and platforms are already in poor condition, was a wrong move and would increase the debts. "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. But this government has allocated only 5 per cent of that amount so far.

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

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The opposition Congress, too, mounted a scalding offensive against Modi, saying the launch of the venture ahead of the Gujarat election followed a pattern of the prime minister announcing economic packages and projects before state polls.

"From Europe to China, the bullet train's image can be seen everywhere".

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". "At least 259 passengers have been killed and 973 injured in 29 major railway accidents since the Modi government took office", he added.

On Thursday, when PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation of the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project (to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.08 lakh crore) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, we were once again reminded of an otherwise crumbling railway network across the country as a coach of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed in the morning at the New Delhi Railway station.


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