After ten years, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRL) completed its first land acquisition in Thane district a day ago. Coincidentally, on Friday itself, even in Gujarat, a NRI octogenarian from Germany handed over her ancestral land in Gujarat for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.
Savita Ben, who runs an Indian restaurant in Germany, is originally from Chansad village and had shifted abroad 33 years ago after getting married.
But that is where the Bullet Train glory ends. It has been almost a decade since the decision to run bullets trains in India was first discussed. It was in December 2009, under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-2 government, that the Ministry of Railways had presented a white paper named ‘Vision 2020’ in the Parliament, which had around six routes (Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata (via Lucknow), Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Nagpur part of Delhi-Chennai route, Mumbai-Nagpur part of Mumbai-Kolkata route and Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru). Read more