In what seems to be a first-time event, India’s railway minister Piyush Goyal went to Quora to publish his answer on the need of a bullet train in India. The answer was posted after a Quora user questioned regarding the need for bullet train in India at this point of time. Although the user perhaps expected a good debate over the issue, little did he expect that the railway minister himself would turn up to solve his query in great detail.
Quora is a social networking site, which specifically provides a healthy platform for asking questions on various issues, getting answers to them, thereby engaging in debates and discussions.
The question asked by the Quora user recently referred to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail, the foundation stone for which was recently laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in September in Ahmedabad. The question was:
Does India actually need a bullet train?
It is to be noted that since the inauguration of the project, it has received mixed reactions. Some people seemed to be absolutely thrilled at the prospects of having high speed rail network while others seemingly questioned the necessity of having it, especially when there remains numerous avenues in India that needs prompt attention.
Answering the user’s query, the railway minister not only upheld the project as a great idea but also supported his answer with statistics and infographs. In his answer, he said that the project will not only help the Indian Railways “revolutionise every passenger’s journey” but also “help the nation and Railways grow in many ways.”
Talking about the fact that technology and development are an intrinsic part of a country’s growth despite there being numerous naysayers, Goyal gave two instances to prove his point:
For example, we see that naysayers had also criticised the start of the Rajdhani Trains in 1968. Even the chairman of the railway board opposed it; such things keep India backward. But today, they are the trains that everyone wishes to travel in.
Another example of when people thought India was not ready for new technology was when the mobile phone was introduced into the market. At the time it was considered to be elitist and expensive with a phone call costing Rs. 16 per min. But today India has the 2nd largest market for mobile phones in the world with almost every Indian owning a mobile.
With his infographics and statistics, Goyal also showcased that despite being made on a low budget, this project has the capability of furnishing great jobs for the youth – it will apparently create 20,000 jobs. Furthermore, at a time when India is trying to cope with the rising pollution level, the bullet trains will have 1/4th carbon dioxide emission in comparison to an aeroplane on an hourly basis and 1/3rd to that of a car! You may read Goyal’s entire answer here to know all about India’s first bullet trains.
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