Published On : Wed, Oct 4th, 2017

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train impractical, says Sharad Pawar

Sharad PawarMumbai: Voicing concern over “economic slowdown” and unemployment under the Modi regime, NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said the current situation of the country was a result of taking steps like demonetisation and GST roll-out without adequate preparedness.

He also took a dim view of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, Pawar said technology and modernisation should be feasible.

“I think a bullet train is required between Mumbai and Delhi or Delhi and Kolkata or Mumbai and Chennai. A bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is impractical. I do not know what is the purpose behind this bullet train. Maharashtra has barely got 4 stations (to be touched by the bullet train), while the maximum stops are in Gujarat. But, Maharashtra has to contribute equal finance in the project,” he said.

The NCP leader, however, hastened to add that he was not against benefits to Gujarat, but only wanted to point out that the project would not benefit Maharashtra.

“Instead, the government should have taken steps to improve railway services in Mumbai and Maharashtra,” he said.