Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzō Abe, laid the foundation stone for the high-speed bullet train line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, on 14th September during a visit by the Japanese PM in the western state of Gujarat. After the launch, the Indian PM proudly announced, “This is the new India and the flight of its dreams is endless. The bullet train project will bring speed and employment. It is human-friendly and eco-friendly.”
Janta Ka Reporter has come across an old video of Narendra Modi, prior to his becoming the PM of India. In his speech, Modi is seen speaking about how India should do things larger than life, purely for ‘show’. The speech was in reference to how ‘bullet trains’ will purely portray India in grander light. He is seen in the video quoting,
“Even China shows only Shanghai to the world, do they ever show the entire county?” Towards the end of the video, he is also heard saying, that we need to do certain things purely for ‘display’, whether anyone travels by the bullet train or not is secondary.
As part of agreement between Japan and India, the Japanese govt will be funding India with a soft loan of Rs 88,000 crore at an interest rate of 0.1% with a repayment period of 50 years and the process of repayment will commence, 15 years after receiving it..
There seems to be mixed response to the prestigious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project. The main question that hovers around this technology is whether this is an economically viable project given the cost is over Rs 1 lakh crore?
The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project is the PM’s pet project and the cabinet has swiftly cleared the $14.7bn (Rs 105,000 crore) to build the 650km-long train network.
While the video prior to becoming the PM of India narrates a different story for bullet trains, Narendra Modi during the launch in 2017 said,
“This enterprise will launch a revolution in Indian Railways and speed up India’s journey into the future. It will become an engine of economic transformation in India.”