Bullet train project an ‘exercise in vanity’: Manmohan

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh criticised the Centre’s bullet train project, dubbing it an “exercise in vanity”, and said the government’s “priorities are misplaced” as it should have focused on the existing passenger rail network.

Addressing an event of the business community in poll- bound Gujarat, the Congress leader claimed the project will not benefit either 6.5 crore people of the state or the nation, adding “Gujarati entrepreneurs know very well that if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is not”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had in September laid the foundation stone for India’s first high speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

The joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology is expected to be completed by 2022.

India’s first bullet train will connect Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, to Mumbai, cutting travel time from seven hours to less than three.


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