AMOD (BHARUCH): Scoffing at the critics of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday advised Congress and other opponents of the project to continue using 'bullock cart' for travelling.
Speaking at a rally in Amod near Bharuch from where the bullet train will pass, PM Modi said the Rs 1-lakh-crore project being implemented with a soft loan from Japan would create a huge number of jobs besides making travel faster. "Those opposing the bullet train are free to roam around in bullock cart. We will work as per our potential, you can do as per yours," he said, ridiculing Congress.
PM said Congress was criticising the project because it had failed to implement it after making a big announcement. "Dr Manmohan Singh had announced the project in Delhi in 2012. But his government was unable to negotiate with Japan for a soft loan as they couldn't afford it. But when BJP came to power, we got the loan almost for free and even started the work," he said. He said a large number of youths from Gujarat will get free technical and scientific knowledge from Japan at the special training centre set up in Vadodara for the bullet train.
Dubbing Congress as anti-development, PM Modi said, "My only problem with Congress is that the party is raising objections to development projects just because they announced (them) but couldn't execute. You can oppose BJP, but why stoop to such a low level that you are opposing development of the country."
"The massive quantity of cement and iron to be used for making the tracks and other infrastructure will be sourced locally. This will result in more cement and iron factories coming up and ultimately result in youths getting jobs. Labourers will also get work," he said.
The Prime Minister said the job generating potential of the bullet train project can be gauged from the fact that investment in this project is four times that of Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in Dahej that has already created job opportunities for a large number of people.
Rajat Malhotra - 5 days ago
What an irresponsible comment by the head of a country. He keeps stooping low
Vikas Olikonda - 5 days ago
Ha Ha.. There are many things between "Bull"ock Cart and "Bull"et Train..
哈哈，牛车（"Bull"ock Cart）和高铁（"Bull"et Train）区别很大哦
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Feku On Steroids - Bhaktanchal - 5 days ago
FEKU!!! There are flights if you dont know!!! ð
Joseph Kuruvilla - 5 days ago
Reapected pm , no one is against bullet train but there is lot more to do in the existing rail system before introducing bullet train. Am sure all of know that !!!
Bharath Reddy - 5 days ago
BJP leaders will get a good cut out of the soft loan from Japan. So please support the Bullet train
Hey Mr Modi , who cares about bullet trains ? First control the smog in Delhi and build toilets as open defection is rampant before thinking about bullet trains
Yaser Sayed - 5 days ago
First make sure that the current trains run on time and then talk about bullet train or even a rocket train.
Avs - 5 days ago
Already most trains run like bullock carts..first streamline existing trains used by common man ..Affluent rich r using flightz .no need of bullet trains