Sena calls bul­let train plan PM Modi’s ‘wealthy dream’

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NOT IN FAVOUR In an ed­i­to­rial in Saa­mana, party says the ~1.08­lakh­crore project is un­nec­es­sary and not for the com­mon man

As Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi laid the foun­da­tion stone for the am­bi­tious Mum­baiAhmed­abad bul­let train project, the Shiv Sena slammed his gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties and called the ₹1.08 lakh crore project un­nec­es­sary and a dream for the wealthy.

In an ed­i­to­rial in its mouth­piece Saa­mana, the Sena said the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment would have to spend ₹30,000 crore to­wards the project just to ful­fil the “wealthy dream” of Modi.

“The Prime Min­is­ter’s dream is not of the com­mon man, but for the in­ter­est of the wealthy and the busi­ness class,” the ed­i­to­rial read. It also states that the Mum­bai lo­cal trains are al­ready suf­fer­ing and the rail­ways are strug­gling to run ba­sic train ser­vices.

“Even as Mum­bai lo­cal trains suf­fer daily, a bul­let train will be run­ning be­tween Ahmedabad and Mum­bai,” the ed­i­to­rial said.

It also pointed out that the bul­let train project was be­ing fast tracked even as there were sev­eral rail­way pro­jects in Vid­harbha, Konkan and Marath­wada that were not im­ple­mented.

In a sar­cas­tic vein, the Sena said, “It is not en­tirely cer­tain as to which prob­lem the bul­let train is a so­lu­tion for.”

The party also ac­cused the Cen­tre of mis­lead­ing the peo­ple of the coun­try by say­ing that the project would gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment. Ja­pan was go­ing to fund 80% of the project through a soft loan of ₹79,000 crore at an in­ter­est rate of 0.1%.

The ed­i­to­rial stated, “Who­ever is say­ing that the project will gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment is ly­ing. Right from the screws to tracks from labour­ers to ce­ment, ev­ery­thing will come from Ja­pan. The bot­tom line here is that the land and the fund will come from the Ma­ha­rash­tra and the Gu­jarat govern­ments while the prof­its will go to Ja­pan. This is loot, yet we are con­grat­u­lat­ing the Prime Min­is­ter on his dream­ful­fill­ing project,” the Sena al­leged.

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