Bullet train can start after better rail infrastructure, services: NCP to Shiv Sena

June 18, 2019

THANE: Activists and political parties have urged the central and state governments to first improve the sagging railway services beyond Thane before laying a red carpet for the bullet train project.

The issue came up after the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) proposed to change the reservation of nearly 36 hectares of land set aside for schools, hospitals, recreational grounds, crematorium among others to open up land for the construction of a station and laying tracks for the bullet train route in the northern part of the city. The issue may be brought up at the Thane general body for its approval on Wednesday.

The city unit of the National Congress Party (NCP) on Monday took the opportunity to lambast the Shiv Sena for ignoring existing problems plaguing the railway infrastructure and usher in the bullet project instead.

“Daily commuters from Diva and Dombivli, Kalyan face problems in boarding the packed trains and lives are unnecessarily lost. The elected representatives must exert pressure on the government to ensure basic railway facilities are improved first. We will oppose the bullet project till then,” said NCP leader Anand Paranjape.

Keeping in mind the recent instances of delayed train schedules of the Central Railway from Diva and Dombivli, city activists suggested that the government must focus on the current commuting problems in the city instead of pushing the bullet train project that can be developed later.

Thousands risk their lives by travelling in crowded trains and several die after falling off from the jam-packed compartments, said the acitivists. Thye urged the authorities to look into this issue first.

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Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com