What does India really need: Bullet train or Better trains?A bullet train is a high speed rail which operates at a speed higher than the normal trains. The maximum operating speed of a bullet train is 320 km/hr. The bullet trains are operating at many countries like Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, USA, Spain, Sweden, etc. In India the foundation for the first bullet train in between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is expected to lay by Narendra Modi along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 2017. A bullet train has a lot of advantages but does a country like India really need Bullet train?
In India, the Indian Railway System is already operating a lot of suburban and long distance trains all over the country and many passengers are traveling by trains frequently. Apart from the wide operations of Indian railways, we also know the present condition of the railway services in India. Do Indian railways provide a satisfactory travel experience to the passengers? A lot of issues such as poor maintenance of trains and stations, lesser connectivity, non- availability of coaches, lesser availability of trains, improper time management, poor sub-urban services, safety and security issues, etc. are being reported by the passengers regularly. India is the only country which passes railway budget but still the condition of Indian Railways and its services are poor to some extent. Apart from its regular train service, India also has faced many rail accidents and derailment because of poor railway tracks and a lack of safety measures. In most parts of the country, the trains are running on the old tracks laid by the British.
Is it wise to bring new technology or improve the present system? What does India really need: bullet train or better trains?
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