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Bullet train project will kill everything else, says P Chidambaram

Railway Minister May Take Pledge On Day After Rs One Lakh Crore For Rail Safety, Track Upgrading, Signalling & Not For Bullet Train, He Tweeted.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Tahir Qureshi | Updated on: 30 Sep 2017, 03:47:55 PM

New Delhi:

Criticising the Modi government over the bullet train project, senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday equated bullet train with demonetisation, saying this move ‘will kill everything else’ and suggested that the money should instead be spent on improving rail safety.

His comments come a day after a stampede on a footbridge in Mumbai claimed 22 lives. 

Chidambaram alleged that the bullet train project is not for ordinary people but an ego trip for the high and mighty. He suggested that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal should use the Rs one lakh crore meant for the project for ensuring railway safety in the country.

"Bullet train will be like demonetisation. It will kill everything else including safety.

"Railway Minister may take pledge on day after Rs one lakh crore for rail safety, track upgrading, signalling & not for bullet train," he tweeted.

The Rs 1.10 lakh-crore project is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would link Mumbai and Ahmedabad covering a distance of over 500 kms in around two hours.

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First Published : 30 Sep 2017, 03:47:36 PM