1. Modi mocks Bullet train critics in style

Modi mocks Bullet train critics in style

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a dig at critics of the ambitious Bullet train project after inaugurating it in Ahmedabad along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 14, 2017 2:22 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a dig at critics of the ambitious Bullet train project after inaugurating it in Ahmedabad along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Recalling how the critics used to mock him for believing in the idea of bringing Bullet train to India, while he served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi said, “Earlier they (critics) used to ask when (Bullet train will come), now they are asking why (this project)”.

The ambitious Bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will cost around Rs 1,00,000 crore. Critics have been questioning the rationale of taking up such a huge financial burden, while the money can be used improving the infrastructure of the railways and for other social sector schemes.

However, Modi said that effectively the cost of the project would be “free”. “If somebody tells you to take a loan and return it not in 10 or 20 but in 50 years, will you believe it. India has got such a friend (Japan) which has promised to provide Rs 88,000 crore loan at 0.1% interest,” Modi said.

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He added, “A new economic system is developing on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. The entire area would convert into a single economic zone. This high-speed railway system will not only decrease journey time between two cities locate at 500 km distance but also bring the people close.”

The Bullet train project is an important milestone for Indian railways. At a time when Indians are traveling longer and more than ever before, there is a huge demand for a safe, fast, reliable and comfortable transport system.

The bullet train system is designed to be faster than a car, while also cheaper and more convenient than a plane. The Bullet trains can attain average operating speeds of around 250 km/h. The most important advantage of the bullet train system is that it would help bring settlements 500-600 km apart within two hours of each other. This will certainly stimulate trade and boost economic activities between satellite towns.

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  1. D
    Sep 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm
    No more JUMLAS please. Let your no-work speak.
    1. P
      Praveen Vishnu Shamain
      Sep 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm
      Modi is nothing but Drama King. If Japan was interested in lending 88000 crores at 0.1 rate, Modi should have taken it to upgrade an existing Railway infrastructure, rather than building a new project whose viability is still a question mark. By the way, who takes care of Currency risk? Our Drama King Feku, wants to be in limelight for one reason or the other. Few months down the line when everyone forgets Bullet Train, he will start some other train.
      1. Harvinder Maini
        Sep 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm
        What else you can expect from hwabaj and jumlebaj
        1. Rajeshkanna S
          Sep 14, 2017 at 5:09 pm
          I believe our buying power going to increase and we became 4th country in the world on 2020. It means Everyone in India became wealthier and prosper to buy anything no poor in India. Our Vision is to create a Best society and a Great culture !!!
          1. Staples Administration
            Sep 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
            Modi Sir .. u r bestest .. Respect!!
            1. Harvinder Maini
              Sep 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm
              Hwabaji aur Jumlebaji ke siva modi ki kya ability hai ?
              1. Jayesh Sheth
                Sep 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                After 5 years what is the fair? and who will pay the price of that if the price is more than high then plane.Even at that time what is the cost that interest on loan to pay for less than 4 hours savings of passenger?
                1. A
                  Sep 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm
                  Interest is probably not the big deal. The big deal is what is the cost of hedging the currency risk??
                2. S
                  Sep 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                  Now this is my style, earlier people were asking "When bullet train will come for common people?" Modi might have thought "I will bring bullet train but only corporate will get benefited, I will increase the prices of petrol so much that a common man cannot travel and will privatize the railways thereafter, so that common man should die at it's own birthplace and cannot travel elsewhere". Kick this corrupt government of BJP out. RT, RTE, Aadhaar, GST, Swachh Bharat, Made in India all were UPA schemes. Incompetent BJP can just make the riots happen.
                  1. R
                    Sep 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                    Stop assuming n being biased just coz he doesnt toes ur hardline religious sentiments! The train will come with Japanese investment and at very nominal rate, Plus it will bring in technologies for which will gradually enhance Indian railways operation! What and how else do you use the loan granted by Japan 0.1 that too after 15 yrs. Yes petrol prices have not shelved! But that is due to the taxes and excise charged on it. And why such high taxes and levies are charged? That is oz the govt needs revenues to fund highways, ports and other expenditures. If it burns you so much then plz ask and motivate people to pay their taxes so that this petrol levies are not used for govt welfare expenditure. At times due to subsidy the Petroleum companies had suffered at the hands of congress. Now they are healthy and financing their own investment in oil reserves and adding capacity. So plz first get informed and then accuse.
                    1. V
                      Sep 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm
                      UPA was good for NOTHING!! it sucked blood from taxpayers to pay for a useless scheme MNREGA. Corruption was at its worst...Even a 10th fail is better than RaGa.
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