NEW DELHI, July 11:The bullet train concept is not
possible in India and it is a “hoax” and a false promise of
the Government, the TMC Thursday said in the Lok Sabha.
Participating in the debate in Lok Sabha on demand of
grants for Railways, TMC member Sudip Bandyopadhyay said
these can be called as high speed trains and not bullet
“It is a hoax and a false promise,” Bandyopadhyay said,
adding bullet trains have a separate structure.
“It is a bogus on Indian soil,” he added.
He also said that the government should look at railway
bridges which are over 100 years old as it involves safety and
security of passengers.
Bandyopadhyay said there is a huge vacancy for gangmen
Vacancies for gangmen have reached two lakh and there is
also a shortage of rail drivers, he said.
“Drivers are overburdened. Between 3 am and 5 am, rail
drivers feel sleepy and during that time accidents happen,” he
He asked the government, “when will you fill these
vacancies…I want to know the operating ratio of railways”?.
The TMC leader said more attention needs to be given to
complete dedicated freight corridor projects.
He added that base kitchen, cleanliness, food safety and
quality should get priority.
The member said focus is also required on the work
culture of Indian railways.
The train journey should be a journey of joy and not
fear, he said, adding integrating rail budget with general
budget has not helped the railway sector.
Rajan Vichare (SS), Dileshwar Kamait JD (U), C Sahoo
(BJD) and Fazlur Rahman (BSP) also participated in the
Rahman said bullet train is being planned only for few
people and if the government would spend half of the amount on
small cities, it will help in improving railways. (PTI)