Bullet Train in India
Indian railways are one of the pillars of its economy which not only generates revenues but a major source of employment whether directly or indirectly attached to it. We have seen a lot of improvements and technological advancements in railways over the years. However, it is not at par with the global ones as most of the developed countries like Japan, China, US, Germany, France, Russia, and Italy to name a few use bullet train besides the regular trains. Until recently the Indian government felt the need of Bullet Train In India for its citizens as the need of the hour rather near future.
Bullet Train in India | New Challenge | And Its Advantages
When the concept of Bullet Train In India was introduced by the present government, it was criticized from all fronts like political parties, social activists and different sections of the society – middle class, lower middle class, and daily wage earners. There was heated debate and uproar among the general public. India is a developing country and still, the major population lives in villages and agriculture being the main occupation. They struggle for basic amenities like drinking water, school, hospital, roads, and electricity for their survival. They don’t have access to these facilities to sustain their daily life and face lots of hardships.
The Advantages of Bullet train in many ways. Firstly, the speed of a bullet train makes it far superior to the latter one. It runs at a very high speed so the tracks are a bit different and so do the engine and its coaches. Secondly, it is time efficient as it covers long distances in a short time due to its high speed and offers a comfortable journey. Lastly, it uses more of the latest technology and less human interference so the level of security and safety is high as things are fully automated.
However, to make Bullet train a reality is a distant dream to be fulfilled in the near future because of numerous challenges. As per the feasibility study whether it is practically possible or required in India at the moment as the country struggles with economic uncertainty like inflation, depreciation of the rupee, NPA’s etc with financial crunch faced by institutions, corporate houses, unemployment and burden on common man to maintain a standard of living. Land acquisition is the biggest and the foremost challenge as we don’t have enough land to provide residence to our citizens. The land will impact the green belt of the environment. Since pollution is a threat to our lives. Shortage of land will put the Bullet train dream into limbo.
Apart from land the investment required to fulfill the project is very high and under present circumstances, it is not advisable or possible to bear the cost of such project. The ancillary cost to skill the staff, maintenance etc. will only add to its complexity. We are fully aware that it will give a tough competition to the aviation sector. Though the project was initiated with the help from Japan in terms of finance we owe to pay such a loan and which only put our economy under great stress. It is difficult to say whether this is the need of the hour or for the future ‘The Bullet Train’.