Aam Admi atop a Bullet Train

With much fanfare and hype, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the approval of building a high-speed rail line connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai in 2015. But in a country where the Aam Admi still faces long queues at ticket counters and travels in shoddily maintained general and sleeper class coaches, is this Bullet Train dream a realistic one? And do we have enough funds to spare for this futuristic project when there are numerous other avenues to focus on? For example India spends one of the lowest amounts (as a % of GDP) on healthcare across the world. So, shouldn’t we focus on these areas first?

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