Does India really need a bullet train? Here's the official answer

Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal addressing the BJP National Executive

"The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project is a visionary project by the NDA government which will herald anew era of safety, speed and service for the people, and help the Indian Railways become an global leader in scale, speed and skill", Goyal said.

So, when a Quora user took to the internet to find an answer to the pressing question, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal jumped in to defend the Rs1 lakh crore project.

In his 884-word defence of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, interspersed with graphics and photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Goyal said upgrading current rail networks and developing new high-speed rail corridors is a "major component of India's developmental plan". "The Mumbai - Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project, is a visionary project by the NDA Government which will herald a new era of safety, speed and service for the people, and help Indian Railways become an global leader in scale, speed, and skill", Goyal claimed.

He said although introduction of a technology is often met with resistance but it eventually goes on to usher in change. "We see that naysayers had also criticised the start of the Rajdhani Trains in 1968", he writes, arguing that new technology, at most times, sees resistance at the start but is highly beneficial for the country.

"Such things keep India backward".

"I have told my officials that even if I call them to pass a train, it should not be allowed to pass if there is a traffic block because of the renewal of tracks", he said.

Offering another example of cellphones, Mr Goyal said that many thought India was not ready for new calling technology, but today India is the second-largest market for such phones in the world.

Goyal also gave a detailed report of how bullet train is a "low-cost project", how it will promote Modi's "Make in India" doctrine, work with cutting edge Japanese technology and usher in economic growth by creating thousands of jobs.

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