National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) has opposed the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. The organization says that instead of spending on unnecessary projects, the government should work on strengthening the existing rail network in the country.
NFIR General Secretary M. Raghavaiya while talking to the reporters alleged that
Bullet train In India is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project, but he did not consider the economic aspects of it.
He said, ‘The bullet train project in india is worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore is unnecessary. Since India is not a developed country, therefore it is not needed. This can be thought after 2040, when a developed country is formed. ‘
He alleged, “The bullet train in india is an ambitious project of Prime Minister Modi who did not think about its economic aspects. Since he has become the Prime Minister, he is trying to protect the interests of private companies.
Raghavaiya said, “Instead of paying attention to the bullet train project, the government should give priority to existing railways. Prior to starting the bullet train, it is essential that the repair and maintenance of the tracks in the country be done.
He said, “There is no slight or justification for this project in terms of economic or public service. Only a handful of countries with high income and low population have highspeed rail (HRS). Many of these countries have failed in this project, while the rest of the countries have left it after studying.
Another member of NFIR, JG Mahurkar warned that railway employees can start protesting against the NDA government if they do not accept their demands, including risk and difficulty allowance for the employees.
In September last year, along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of India’s first bullet train project that runs between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
For this project, about 1,400 hectares of land will be acquired in Gujarat and Maharashtra, out of which 1,120 hectares is privately owned. About 6,000 landowners have to pay compensation.
What is the bullet train project for Gujarat And Maharastra?
The total length of this project is 508.90 km. In which 487 km elevated corridor and 22 km tunnel are to be built. Of the proposed 12 stations, eight have to be constructed in Gujarat. Its length is 349.03 km in Gujarat whereas in Maharashtra it is 154.76 km. At 4.3 km, it will pass through Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
For this entire project, 612.17 hectares of land in Gujarat, 246.42 hectares in Maharashtra and 7.52 hectares of land in Dadra Nagar Haveli will be acquired. The central government wants to start this project by August 15, 2022.
Significantly, this highspeed train will complete 500 km of Ahmedabad from Mumbai in less than three hours, for which it takes seven hours.