IS THERE NEED OF MUMBAI-AHMEDABAD BULLET TRAIN?

MUMBAI :The Modi government is going ahead with ambitious  Mumbai-Ahmed Abad Bullet train project with lakhs of crore Rupees investment and many people  raised the question , is there a need of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train ? The concrete answer has been given by western railway themselves in response to an RTI query .

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicating the newly constructed railway line between Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Udhampur Section to the Nation by flagging off the first train from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station, in Jammu and Kashmir on on July 04, 2014.
The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri N.N. Vohra, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for Science and Technology (Independent Charge), Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar are also seen.

 

The RTI information is surprising because it puts question mark over the decision of the Modi government which  has already started the work on Mumbai Ahmedabad Bullet train project .

The RTI inquiry revealed that Mumbai Ahmedabad Train Sector, on which the plan to run bullet train is already incurring huge losses to the railways.

Western railway is running a large number of trains to Ahmedabad from Mumbai. The western railway is incurring huge losses on this sector as only 60 %  of the seats are usually occupied on this route. Almost 40 % seats on Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes go vacant .

RTI activist Anil Galgali filed an application and asked for the details on this route .According to the information furnished, western railway is incurring a loss of Rs.10 lakh per month .The last quarter of losses on the Ahmed abad –Mumbai train route is Rs.30 Crores .

This means that western Railway is already incurring the loss of approximately Rs.120 Crore or more on running the current train services to Ahmed -abad from Mumbai.

Mr.Anil  Galgali said that such information reveals that the government has not done its homework and research on the said Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project properly and instead they are spending a huge amount of more than Rs.1 lakh Crore over this plan .

Such  information  received  through RTI also puts question mark over the feasibility of bullet trains. Now it vcan be asked , whether such project maybe commercially viable if already WR is incurring huge losses over Rs.100 Crores annually?

Anil Galgali on the basis of his information received from RTI has suggested that th central government must revise its plan of Bullet train as more and more people are preferring travel by roads or by aero plane , and revenue of railways is decreasing regularly .His advice raise the question again , and with data , is there a need of Mumbai Ahmed- abad Bullet rain ?

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