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Bullet train implementation in India and benefits

Monday - September 25, 2017 7:42 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe at Tokyo
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe at Tokyo

Bullet train implementation in India and benefits

 
By Jaya Khare
 
The bullet train has been a dream of millions of Indians for years. A country developing fast riding high on industries and technology deserves such a technologically advanced communication platform that could be touted as a safer and faster commuting option over traditional railways. India has a growingly aspiring and prospering population who want better things in life. 

Along with conventional railways and airways, bullet trains can compliment fast passenger movement between cities as an intermediate option between the two popular modes. 

The bullet train has a different class and clientele to cater to, just like railways, airways and road transport have different population segments to serve. 

Most of our public transportation systems, be it railways or airlines, are overstressed due to population load and infrastructure shortfall that cannot keep up with the burgeoning demand. In such a situation, alternate options have to be explored. 

People’s commuting needs are ever rising due to growing and expanding education and business avenues and we need the wherewithal and planning not just for present requirements but also to facilitate future demands. 

The present government has always held infrastructure development as its priority and the bullet train pitch is part of that strategy. The enhanced communication network is a key to better development roadmap. 

The mega project will not only ease people’s travel but also generate employment and see the establishment of ancillary industries once manufacturing and servicing facilities are established in India. The places along the path will also see enhanced development activities. It will also boost India’s international image. 

The lucrative loan facility offered by Japan further makes it a very prudent proposition. India will enter the club of a few select nations who have the bullet train facility like France, Spain, China and Japan. India railways are more or less in a rut, and it is hard to bring the government’s white elephant out of the red. 

With growing upkeep costs and staff shortage, apart from undue trade union pressure, the railways is plagued. It is a century old British legacy which has not seen much improvement in service or efficiency despite repeated attempts by several governments.

 On this backdrop, the bullet train has to be the most popular commuting mode of the future. India’s huge mobile population needs a faster and safer mode of transport that saves precious time. 

With more spread and penetration of the bullet train network, fares will also come down which will make it more affordable for a larger populace. The government needs to throw its weight around the project to bring it to fruition and also expand its network. More and more cities should have the opportunity to have this privilege. 

The challenge, however, would be the keep the trains clean and efficient as their upkeep and maintenance is as important as their use and we often falter when it comes to long-term sustainability. People too need to be responsible in their social behaviour and contribute in upholding the pride of the nation in its full glory.- Window To News

 
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