Honeymoon Still on Rails
I don’t know about you, but travelling on a bullet train at 320 km per hour is not my top priority. When I go from Delhi to Dehradun, I take the train from Old Delhi station, which chugs along, if you are lucky at about 50 km per hour. I am not a Luddite, but unlike the prime minister, I am not obsessed with superfast trains. However, I have no problem if we can manage to get them into service.
A few questions, nevertheless, must be asked. Do we have the rolling stock and infrastructure to accommodate these ‘bullets’? Should we not be spending money on other amenities, like clean toilets, clean platforms, clean coaches, clean bed sheets, etc? The train I take to Dehradun is invariably behind time. The last time I asked the TT, he joked: “It is on time, just three hours late!”
Yet the media is hailing the...