On Saturday by addressing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that instead of his “dream” bullet train, Mumbai needs to raise basic railway infrastructure first, even as Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the bullet train will make travel safer and comfortable.Addressing the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Dadar, central Mumbai, Thackeray said, “For your dreams, you (Modi) have crushed the dreams of the common people. Has anyone asked for the bullet train?…It is (being implemented) because it is coming with no cost. But the bullet train is a free snake, who will nurture it?”
Addressing the media later, Goyal said, “Why Mumbai does not need a bullet train is a question that can be answered (only) by Uddhav-ji. While he asks for development of railway infrastructure, a bullet train, which has the latest technology, will provide the same. Manufactured under the ‘Make In India’ technology, it will be the best product for railways in the country.”
Slamming critics of the project, which envisages an investment of over Rs 1 lakh crore, Goyal said, “Many people have complained how India can make do with a cheaper bullet train. However, I do not want cheaper bullet train for the country, but (want) a safer one.”
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