Piyush bats for bul­let train, says it’s a vi­sion­ary project

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TIMES New Delhi: The ques­tion on Quora read: “Does In­dia ac­tu­ally need a bul­let train?” Of the 83 an­swers that the post re­ceived was one from the union min­is­ter for rail­ways and coal Piyush Goyal him­self. In the long an­swer ac­com­pa­nied by in­fo­graph­ics fea­tur­ing pic­tures of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Goyal said that bul­let trains will en­hance trans­porta­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, job growth, and de­vel­op­ment in In­dia. As of 7pm on Tues­day, the min­is­ter’s an­swer had over 12,000 “up­votes” which are one-click vir­tual en­dorse­ments by Quora users. Quora is a pop­u­lar so­cial ques­tion and an­swer web­site.

“New tech­nol­ogy has not al­ways been adopted eas­ily, and has at most times seen re­sis­tance. How­ever, his­tory shows us that new tech­nol­ogy and ad­vance­ments are highly ben­e­fi­cial for the coun­try. For ex­am­ple, we see that naysay­ers had also crit­i­cised the start of the Ra­jd­hani Trains in 1968. Even the chair­man of the rail­way board op­posed it; such things keep In­dia back­ward. But today, they are the trains that every­one wishes to travel in,” the min­is­ter said in his an­swer posted Mon­day. “The mi­nus­cule in­ter­est rate of 0.1% and the re­pay­ment time of 50 years is (sic) eco­nom­i­cally ad­van­ta­geous to our econ­omy…as the re­pay­ment of loan is to be­gin af­ter 15 years of re­ceiv­ing the loan,” he fur­ther added enu­mer­at­ing the cost ben­e­fits in bul­let points.

Goyal said that the bul­let train project will give a boost to jobs and man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia and that “to­tal 12 sta- tions, 4 sta­tions in Ma­ha­rash­tra & 8 in Gujarat, will emerge as eco­nomic pow­er­houses pow­ered by easy travel.” He also added that 300 In­dian rail­ways of­fi­cials are be­ing trained in Ja­pan, and that the High Speed Rail Train­ing In­sti­tute be­ing de­vel­oped at Vado­dara would train 4,000 work­ers.

The per­son who posted the ques­tion is one Shushant Ku­mar. His Quora pro­file says he works at HCL Tech­nolo­gies in Hy­der­abad and has stud­ied at IIT-Delhi. Al­though he posted the ques­tion on Septem­ber 15, the min­is­ter an­swered it this Mon­day.

Since Au­gust, Goyal has an­swered five ques­tions on Quora. Other In­dian politi­cians and min­is­ters ac­tive on the so­cial net­work in­clude Biju Janata Dal politi­cians Bai­jayant ‘Jay’ Panda and for­mer union law min­is­ter Ash­wani Ku­mar. Union min­is­ter of state for agri­cul­ture and farm­ers’ wel­fare, Ga­jen­dra Singh Shekhawat is among the most pro­lific, hav­ing posted 75 an­swers since Oc­to­ber 2016.

Piyush Goyal an­swered with bul­let points on Quora

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