Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Bullet train foundation stone laid with eye on Gujarat polls, misleading people

Bullet train foundation stone laid with eye on Gujarat polls, misleading people

Jibes, memes and jokes on the bullet train dominated discussions on social media. 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.

Shiv Sena an NDA ally on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's most ambitious bullet train project saying that "it is not a dream of a common man but it is on the wishlist of PM Modi's wealthy supporters". "It is only timed with the Gujarat elections in mind.This is nothing but a 'chunavi bullet train",' Kharge told reporters in New Delhi.

Kharge said: "We have seen 19 major (railway) accidents in the past one year and Rs 1.1 lakh crore is required for rail safety". The project, if it works in BHEL's favour, can revive the company's fortunes.

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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.

Of the 508-km route and 12 stations of the bullet train, 120 km and four stations will fall in Maharashtra.

Steel companies: The estimated quantity of steel to be consumed during the construction of the project is about 15 lakh metric tonne, thus generating an annual demand of about 5 lakh tonne per year during the construction phase of the project.

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The Shiv Sena on Friday continued its attack on India and Japan's joint venture of bullet train. The GR says that it should be considered "included" in the state governments share in the project.

The party in its mouthpiece- Saamana- has lashed out at Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train project questioning its need.

The Shiv Sena alleged that the notion about the project creating employment was false. "The demands for loan waiver of farmers were being made since the past many years". Out of the Rs 1,08,000 crore cost of the project, at least Rs 30,000 crore would have to be shelled out by the Maharashtra government.

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Congress insiders said the party is concerned that Modi, who has sought to appropriate its icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and B R Ambedkar, was re-branding development projects as well.

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