Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray clarified that the Country’s to begin with bullet train venture –Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor isn’t his need list of the major priority list of Infrastructure Project in Maharashtra. He said that the bullet train has presently taken a ‘backseat’. However, he prefers a bullet train corridor to put through Mumbai to Nagpur instead of Ahmedabad.
“Since the inception of our government no one asked about this project and we have also not discussed it. We will take people-oriented issues that will benefit our Maharashtra. The government is with people of the state,” Chief Minister said. Chief Minister said that he would like to connect the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai, to the state’s sub-capital Nagpur.
“There are some people who deliberately make a difference between people of Vidarbha and the rest of Maharashtra. This Mumbai to Nagpur bullet train will help to bridge the gap. Like Samruddhi Mahamarg, the bullet train will compete if the central government revises its plan,” said the Chief Minister. Chief Minister said that Shiv Sena as a party has continuously supported the farmers who opposed the bullet train.
In Nanar refinery too, the Central Government had affirmed the plan and some people offered a few individuals were offered their land and transaction happened. With the larger part of individuals were against the Nanar. Chief Minister further said that his government is like ‘a three-wheeler auto rickshaw- it is a poor man’s vehicle.’
He added, “We don’t need bullet trains but I will prefer the auto-rickshaw. There were some differences of opinion and communication gap among the ministers due to the COVID-19 situation. But we are back to normal. We are now maintaining regular communication. I also spoke with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.”
The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has recently continued the construction work and other shifting exercises of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project after Covid-19 unlocks.
In Gujarat, the Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) working committee has decided to ask the chairman of Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav to drop the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project and save Rs 1 lakh crore so that financial health of railways can be moved forward.