Mumbai demands for reforms in local trains over the new bullet train

Earlier the Sena had criticised the government over the bullet train project terming it futile and load-shedding which has resumed in the state owing to shortage of coal

Earlier the Sena had criticised the government over the bullet train project terming it futile and load-shedding which has resumed in the state owing to shortage of coal

"The Prime Minister's dream is not of the common man, but for the interest of the wealthy and the business class", the editorial read.

BJP ally Shiv Sena has yet again questioned the feasibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bullet train project citing a spate of train derailments over the past few weeks that has raised concerns over the safety of trains.

According to the Newspaper, He also took action against erring contractors."Kotak was reacting to Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shevale's announcement that his party meant to move a "no trust" motion against Mehta". Party sources acknowledged that the launch of the bullet train project could consolidate urban votes in the BJP's favour. Arguments along these lines formed a part of a very heated debate on the need for a bullet train.

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Kharge said: "We have seen 19 major (railway) accidents in the past one year and Rs 1.1 lakh crore is required for rail safety".

In a government resolution (GR) issued by the home department (transport) on Tuesday, conditions have been set as to the cost of the land at BKC to be allocated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The train is expected to cover the distance of over 500 km in less than three hours. "Most of the stops are in Gujarat and there are stops in places which have a population of just 36,000", said Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh.

Jibes, memes and jokes on the bullet train dominated discussions on social media.

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The opposition Congress, too, mounted a scalding offensive against Modi, saying the launch of the venture ahead of the Gujarat election followed a pattern of the prime minister announcing economic packages and projects before state polls. The GR says that it should be considered "included" in the state governments share in the project.

He also charged the Modi government with "completely abdicating its responsibility" for safety of passengers, while focussing on this one project.

The announcement of Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train has received mixed reactions from the people of Mumbai, but they were unanimous in their demand for reforms in Mumbai's local trains over the introduction of a bullet train.

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