After Aarey, Maharashtra Government To Review Bullet Train Project

Uddhav Thackeray government said that it will "review" the Rs 1.10 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project, which is PM Modi's dream project.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on November 29, while addressing the press conference said that, "I have ordered to stop the work of the Aarey metro car shed project today. The Metro work will not stop but till the next decision, not a single leaf of Aarey will be cut".

Shortly after, Uddhav Thackeray government also said that it will "review" the Rs 1.10 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project. For those unaware, Bullet train project is considered as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream offering to the nation. The 81 per cent financing of this project is by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It is a 50-year soft loan at 0.1 per cent interest rate. Currently, the project is in the land acquisition stage. There has been a lot of opposition by farmers in parts of Palghar in Maharashtra regarding agricultural land that is being acquired. The project is expected to be completed by 2023.

Making a statement on Sunday, Uddhav Thackeray said, "We shall not work in a vindictive style. We will review the Bullet Train project, just as we have not stayed the Mumbai Metro Project". He added that the government will come out with a White Paper on the state's economic status soon after it emerged that there is a debt burden of around Rs.Five lakh-crore.

"We have sought updates on all ongoing developmental works, costs, obstacles and the deadlines before we decide on what needs to be prioritized and whether those projects being implemented on priority are really needed," Thackeray said.

The decision to put a stay on the Metro 3 car shed construction faced criticism from Ex-CM Devendra Fadnavis and said that, "It seems that the government is not serious about infrastructure projects". Wonder what the reaction of the opposition will be now that more projects are being put to review, which might cause delays in the completion of the same. 


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