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Coimbatore

Are we on the right track with eight major accidents in 2017? Worry not, we have bullet train

Indrani Thakurata

You know your country is moving in the fast lane, when your PM inaugurates the first bullet train project. But with eight major train accidents in 2017, one wonders if it is indeed the country or just the PM moving in the fast lane with the country failing to keep pace. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe started the project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to be complete by 2022, covering a distance of over 500 Km between two cities in two hours.

This has been a dream for us, even though the Indian Railways network is the largest in the world. The trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi are no match to the bullet train that will run at the speed of 250 km/hour. Our PM was quoted saying “Dreams push a country, society or individual forward. I congratulate every citizen of India for the groundbreaking ceremony of India’s first bullet train. It is human-friendly and eco-friendly,” said PM Narendra Modi. He further tweeted “Bullet train project is human-friendly and eco-friendly.

The project provides ‘Suvidha’ and ‘Suraksha’, it brings ‘Rozgar’ and ‘Raftar. Talking about Raftar, the twitter showed more Raftar than the bullet with its jokes.

Emphasising on the word dreams:
The Bullet Train is dream come true!
Narendra Modi

The last time he had a dream, we had demonetization! 😀
—–Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS)‏ @sanjivbhatt

Making fun of the system, Ramesh Srivats raises a valid point

VeLooking forward to the #BulletTrain.
IRCTC has 5 years to ensure that the booking takes less time than the journey.

— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 14, 2017
And ofcourse, the political game behind every act is called out
Some say the Bullet Train to Ahmedabad is actually a Ballot Train to Gandhinagar #bullettrain

— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) September 14, 2017

My friend Simran, a journalist from a leading Media House hits the nail in the head. “What is this noise about bullet train when we can’t keep the existing ones on track.”

She adds, “The aam janta (mango people) who travel by train, the only mode of transport for us is meeting with accidents every second day, that we board with immense fear for our life. This government claims to be pro-poor and here we are with raftar completely neglecting the study that blamed “excessive traffic” and “underinvestment in rail infrastructure” as main factors for derailments.

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