Sure, it would flatter my ego, too, I suppose, to have Bullet Trains in India. But do We Really Need them, just now?
The Condition of the Passengers, and the Very Real Hazards they go through, particularly in Sub-Urban trains, is Obvious and Apparent to people living in Metros, and even to Visitors from Abroad. Here are some delightful pictures!
Image credit: in.reuters.com Somehow these photographs do not seem to show the density of the Crowds that I remember when I wanted to boars such trains. I have quailed in my Slippers! And waited and waited and waited for some less crowded one. …I learnt to travel outside of Peak hours. But what are People going for Work and such supposed to do?
Colourful picture of a Painful Reality. As We see, it is Not different for Ladies. The Hurry and the Difficulty that they Experience is evidenced by their Body Language here. Photo: www.whackk.com
Photo from: unsettledcity.wordpress.com
So Ok, the description of this graphic had said that a train had been cancelled that day. But, Do We Need this? Do We Want this? People Fall from such situations, and even get knocked down by the Stays/Pillars for the Electrical supply. Deaths occur.
The Administration is going after Pickles, when Staple Diet is in Question. And in India, Pickle is Not a ‘Food;’ it is just a food item, and is served with a Tea Spoon.
Graphic from Facebook.
Our Current Super-fast Trains are Cruising at about 110 Kmph. Bullet Trains, in India, may achieve, over Long-Distance-Travel like between Kerala and Delhi, or Kerala and Assam, not more than 160 Kmph average.
For those who dream of Bullet Trains for a distance of 300 Kms, why not take Planes? It is an Established Industry, it could use growth, and those who would appreciate the saving in time would definitely prefer that.
The Difficulties one experiences in getting Reservations in Long Distance Trains, and the Overcrowded Suburban Trains, show that the Administration’s concentration should be on these. Bullet Trains are Fine. But Do We Really Need them, for Now, in India?