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India-Japan bullet train deal will cost three times more of health and education budget

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    Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen bullet train

    There are over 200 trains going from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. The first one leaves just after midnight and the last one leaves just before. So there are trains going through the day to cover the 524 km distance

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    Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen

    There is an airport in Ahmedabad from where there are about 10 daily flights to Mumbai.

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    Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on-board the Shinkansen

    Ahmedabad and Mumbai are part of the Golden Quadrilateral highway network with six lane expressways on which travel by road is as fast as travel by train.

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    Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe

    The project will cost around Rs 1 lakh crore. The cost is officially said to be Rs 97,636 crore, but reports said a Rs 10,000 crore additional cost may be incurred.

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    Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during his visit at the Kawasaki Heavy rolling stock factory

    we should know that it is three times the size of India's health budget. India is a country where 38 percent of all children are malnourished and stunted at the age of two.

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    Narendra Modi sits on pilot seat of a bullet train as his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and Kawasaki Heavy Industries President, ...

    The bullet train will cost more than we spend annually on the education budget of India. Again, we have some of the lowest literacy rates in the world.

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    Narendra Modi sits on pilot seat of a bullet train as his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe

    One justification for the bullet train is that it will also service two other Gujarati cities on the route — Vadodara, which is 110 km from Ahmedabad and Surat, which is another 120 km down the road.

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