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15 Mar 2019

Mumbai bridge collapse: Scrap bullet train project, demands NCP

Scrap bullet train, asks NCP after bridge collapse

After the deadly bridge collapse near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) railway station, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has asked the government to scrap the multi-billion dollar Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

The party demanded the money should instead be spent on improving the condition of suburban railway facilities.

NCP said, if brought to power, they would call off the project in one month.

In context

Scrap bullet train, asks NCP after bridge collapse
Improve railway facilities, bullet train just a show-off project: NCP

Demand

Improve railway facilities, bullet train just a show-off project: NCP

NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad, said, "The prime concern of the government should be improvement of railway facilities. A blame game by authorities is not the solution. We demand that the bullet train project be canceled since it is merely a show-off project and a waste of tax-payers' money."

Party claims several railway bridges are ramshackle, which require the government's attention and money for repair.

Bullet train, costing Rs. 1.1L crore, is Indo-Japan joint venture

For the uninitiated, the approximate cost of the bullet train, a joint venture of India and Japan, is Rs. 1.1L crore. The first train is projected to run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai by 2022. It will be covering a distance of 508km in 3 hours.

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Separately, Congress' Milind Deora tweeted, 'Let's fix the basics first'

Accident

Yesterday, pedestrian bridge near CSMT collapsed, killing 6, injuring 34

To recall, yesterday a pedestrian bridge near CSMT station crashed, killing six people and injuring at least 34.

After the mishap, cops have registered a negligence case under Section 304(A) of the Indian Penal Code against the concerned officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The bridge was built in 1988 and recorded a daily average footfall of 1.5 to 2 lakh people.

BJP has made Mumbai 'a city of disaster', claims Sawant

Allegations

BJP has made Mumbai 'a city of disaster', claims Sawant

Meanwhile, Sachin Sawant, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson, claims that an audit conducted of the bridge a year ago had recommended minor repairs, but the budget for it was never sanctioned.

"This is a BMC-made disaster. Seeing the debris, the corrosion was clearly visible. Due to the corrupt practices of BJP and Shiv Sena, Mumbai has become a city of accidents," he added.

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What will be the price of a ticket of bullet train?

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The projected price will be between Rs 2700 to Rs 3000.

Where is the NCP headquarter?

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NCP's headquarter is in New Delhi. It is a national level party.

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Sharad Pawar is the current president of NCP.

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NCP was founded on 25 May 1999, by Sharad Pawar, P. A. Sangma, and Tariq Anwar after they were expelled from the Indian National Congress (INC) on 20 May 1999

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