Bullet train project

Chasing a chimera

Print edition : October 13, 2017

The upturned coaches of Kalinga-Utkal Express after an accident near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh, on August 20. Photo: Altaf Qadri/AP

At the site of the accident after the Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifyiat Express train derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh on August 23. Photo: PTI

Derailed coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express near Asangaon in Maharashtra's Thane district on August 29. Photo: PTI

A fracture on a broad gauge rail track near Dindigul railway station in Tamil Nady. A file picture. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

The track after Shaktipunj Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh on September 7. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Conversion of tracks using the track renewal train machine in progress near Samalpatti railway station near Salem, Tamil Nadu. A file picture. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A team of Railway Board officials inspecting the Royapuram railway station in Chennai. A file pciture. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Suburban trains cancelled following heavy winds caused by cyclone Vardah in Chennai on December 12, 2016. Like tracks, the signalling gear has also become outdated and requires replacement. Photo: M. Vedhan

The bullet train project is being undertaken at a time when a significant proportion of the Indian Railways’ assets are in a state of utter disrepair. Tracks that carry trains are worn out, coaches and wagons need wholesale replacement, and signalling equipment require urgent modernisation.
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