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“Bullet train is an ego trip for the high and mighty”: Chidambaram tweets

“Bullet train is an ego trip for the high and mighty”: Chidambaram tweets

New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram slammed the bullet train project in the wake stampede that killed 23 people on a foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai.

The former union minister of finance on Saturday also said in a series of tweets that the train would, like demonetisation, “kill everything else including safety”.

He said that train is excessively expensive and is not meant for middle-class people.
“Bullet train is not for ordinary people. It is an ego trip for the high & mighty,” he tweeted.

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In his twitter handle, Chidambaram said, instead of bullet train, Railways should spend on safety, better infrastructure and better facilities.

He also said the Railways Minister should take pledge for rail safety and not for bullet train.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation of 508-kilometer Mumbai to Ahmedabad bullet train project in Modi’s home state, Gujarat.

The high-speed train will accommodate 750 people. The length of the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be cut down from seven to three hours.