Bullet Train -Some Questions & Answers
Q.1 The Bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai costs same as flight, and also takes same time. Then why spend so much money ? Why not increase number of flights ?
Ans : A flight serves destination to destination. The bullet train will serve 12 stations in between. With 12 stations on the route having high speed connectivity, the
entire stretch will develop as an economic corridor. Once the HST is functional, economic zones will come up all along the high speed network. This will create
millions of jobs in next 15-20 years.
Q 2 : Why not take soft loan of ₹88,000 crore for improving health and education rather than fancy bullet trains ?
Ans : The low interest loan is given by any country to promote something which is exclusive to itself- be it its own technology or science or defence. Japan or France will not give you free loans for building hospitals or schools as they don’t gain anything in that scenario. The loan is SPECIFICALLY for Shinkansen technology, not for any other work.
Q 3 : We will be dependent on them. How will it help us in future ?
Ans. : This is not just the money or construction being done by Japan. We are also getting the technology of HST from Japan. Just like we are self-sufficient in metro today (which was also given to us by Japan), we will become self-reliant in bullet trains 15-20 years down the lane.
Q 4 : Why Ahmedabad-Mumbai ? Why not other place ?
Ans – As much as you cry foul, you cannot deny the fact that Mumbai-Surat-Bharuch-Vadodara-Anand-Ahmedabad is a massive industrial hub, with these places being economic, trading and financial hubs of western India. The fact that such big industrialised cities are within 500 km makes it (the project) financially feasible. Once
successful, 5 more bullet train networks will also come.
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To answer some of these questions, I am posting some relevant facts.
1950s : When the country is poor, what is the need for spending crores on ISRO and BARC ?
(ISRO and BARC are our pride today).
1970s : A country where people can’t own a bike, what is the use of investment by Suzuki ?
(Maruti Suzuki changed the game)
1980s : When there is no electricity in houses, what is the use of spending on technology of TV and computer?
(We are one of the largest users of IT today)
1990s : When people are dying in poverty, what is the use of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation ? Only poor will be exploited.
(We know how 1991 changed India’s development track forever)
Early 2000s : Delhi’s DTC buses are undergoing accidents, infrastructure is crumbled. Why not improve existing infrastructure rather than investing 80,000 crore for
(Metro is now the lifeline of Delhi)
Early 2000s : There arent enough basic roads in the country. Villages don’t have pucca roads. Why govt spending 1,00,000 crore for National Highways ? Improve basic
(NHs have revolutionised traveling).
Same happened with every big initiative. Why we Indians are so negative ???
Why can’t we be optimistic and support positive and visionary steps ?? Why do we want to cry poor, poor, poor, every time and remain one ???