Impressed by China, Karnataka CM talks bullet train

Sep 18 2013, 01:11 IST
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SummaryComparing the Shanghai he saw in 2001 with the Shanghai of today, Siddaramaiah said the city had transformed dramatically.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has returned impressed by the China growth story after a three-day tour of the country to attend a World Economic Forum (WEF) summit last week. He is asking engineers to build roads just like they do in China — that do not develop potholes.

An eight-minute, 50-km high-speed ride from Shanghai Central to Pudong International Airport in an electromagnetic train has got him thinking of a Bangalore-Mysore bullet train.

Siddaramaiah, who had earlier visited China in 2001, assessed at a press conference Monday the change the socialist country has undergone in the past 12 years.

“I will not say I was completely floored by what I saw but there is no doubt they have progressed fast. I have told engineers to look at how roads are built in China. Projects are time-bound, there is a vision. We also need that kind of vision. Saving time is saving money,” said the Chief Minister who led a 25-member team to the Dalian WEF summit between September 11 and 13 .

“Nowhere did I see a pothole. It is not that we are not strong in government but we have to learn to execute projects like they do. We have to maintain high quality.”

Comparing the Shanghai he saw in 2001 with the Shanghai of today, Siddaramaiah said the city had transformed dramatically.

Siddaramaiah said he had invited a Japanese delegation to study the prospect of building a high-speed rail link between Bangalore and Mysore.

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