The critics of the bullet train project may not like the recent statement of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi advising those opposing the bullet train project to travel on bullock carts. However, they should realize that his emphasis on the necessity of the project for India is appreciated by the masses. In fact they should realize that continuous criticism of the project may boomerang on them as the people at large does not believe that the government, by committing to the bullet train project, has compromised on the upgradation of the Indian Railways.
Millions of businesses thrive and billions of people live, directly or indirectly on Indian Railways. Therefore, in addition to its financial objectives, it has to achieve a social goal and this is why it is, unlike many rail networks around the world, is controlled and run by the government. Naturally, any investment by the government on the Indian Railways is seen by the public as an act for the welfare of the people. But the politics and too much of bureaucracy has made, operationally, the whole network as one of the most inefficient railway network in the world. The consequence is not just longer travel time or loss of taxpayers’ money. Read More…
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