“Bullet trains will cater only to the elite community. It is highly expensive and beyond the reach of ordinary people. What India needs is a modern, clean, safe and fast rail system”
E. SREEDHARAN, practically a national icon because of his successful leadership of such projects as the Delhi Metro, poured scorn in a newspaper interview on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet bullet train project. Modi’s political opponents have mocked the project as vainglorious and the cost as prohibitive, but Sreedharan’s status and neutrality mean his criticisms will carry more sting. He also dismissed claims that Indian Railways had improved and said it was “20 years behind” the services provided in developed countries.