Mumbai demands for reforms in local trains over the new bullet train

Shiv Sena slams BJP over Maratha reservation delay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe yesterday launched India's first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. "How long will this time pass go on?" the Sena said.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, while addressing the media here, even asserted that the Prime Minister should have laid the foundation in Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, and not in Ahmedabad, claiming that this decision was taken just to impress the people of Gujarat sin the wake of the forthcoming Assembly election in the state. "We do not know exactly which problem will this problem solve", the Shiv Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamana. The land and money will come from Gujarat and Maharashtra, and Tokyo will rake in all the profits.

Juxtaposing the introduction of a bullet train with the derailment of the Rajdhani Express, the Shiv Sena drew the point of Indian railway's misplaced priority. Recalling past mega-projects, the Sena said first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had laid the foundation for many developmental projects and PSUs, ranging from the Bhakra-Nangal Dam to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and many other schemes that helped the country progress in technology and science. All these projects were needed for the nation.

The Railways will conduct a feasibility survey for the Mumbai-Nagpur bullet train project and give its approval for the same. The train is expected to cover the distance of over 500 km in less than three hours.

"The demands for loan waiver of farmers were being made since many years".

He added that Rs 60,000 crore was being spent on land acquisition and the estimated Rs 1,10,000 crore cost of the project could further escalate by the time it was implemented. "Now, you (CM) are putting Rs 30,000-plus for the PM's rich dream", the Sena taunted. "Now we hope and pray. the bullet train is not used to carry out a "plunder' of Mumbai", the edit concluded". Besides this, a senior official from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said that the state government wants Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) to fund the Mumbai-Nagpur bullet train project on the same lines as the Ahmedabad-Mumbai project.

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