Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi over bullet train project, NDA ally Shiv Sena on Thursday asserted a common man does not think about the high-speed rail network.
In its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the party sought to know if the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train project really imperative for the country.
The reaction came on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad.
“We are getting a bullet train without asking for it. We do not know exactly which problem will this problem solve,” the Sena said.
“(Former Prime Minister) Pandit (Jawaharlal) Nehru laid the foundation of several projects, from Bhakra Nangal to Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, to ensure the country advances in technology and science. All these projects were needed for the nation. Does this bullet train fit into the needs of the country?” the ally asked.
India's first high speed rail project inaugurated by PM Modi & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad. pic.twitter.com/YMK0urdAra— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2017
Out of the estimated Rs 1,08,000 crore cost of the project, at least Rs 30,000 crore would have to be shelled out by the Maharashtra government, it said. (With PTI Inputs)