Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bullet Trains and White Elephants

The Modi govt seems to be putting a lot of emphasis on reforming India's railway transport system:



One would hope that the new govt will not succumb to "India Shining" syndrome like the last BJP govt did. It's one thing to want to improve the railway system, but it's another to aim for gaudy white elephants like bullet trains, which will benefit a small rich fraction of travellers while leaving the bulk of the masses shut out. Bullet trains are a cheaper alternative to domestic aviation transport, but not a cheaper alternative to existing rail transportation.

1 comment:

Pagan said...

"We believe semi-high speed rail corridors are a better option compared to the more ambitious highspeed and bullet train proposals which are outrageously costly, and will take far longer to build."