<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed Bullet Train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is an exercise in vanity, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while addressing small businessmen in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.Instead, projects like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) started during UPA government will benefit the Indian economy in multiple ways, increase productivity and reduce transportation costs, he said.”The Bullet Train project is an exercise in vanity. The Rs 88,000-crore needs to be repaid to Japan. Gujaratis have a good business sense and you know if a project is too good to be true, it certainly is not,” said Singh.He blamed the NDA government for its lop-sided priorities, adding not many will benefit from the project and alternatively, more investment should be pumped in creating infrastructure to boost safety and speed of Indian railway system, referring to spurt in railway accidents in past one year.Condemning the policy of ruling establishment to term anyone who disagrees with the government as anti-national, anti-development and anti-government, Singh said this has damaged the democratic discourse in the country. “Ëvery issue is looked through the binaries of black and white, seeing everyone as thieves. The rhetoric has damaged the democratic discourse,” he said.On the human development front too, the BJP-ruled Gujarat government has failed to help the masses and its actions are against the interest of sections like Scheduled Tribes. He contrasted the actions of the Congress-led UPA government, which made provisions for transparent process during acquisition of land and providing fair compensation for farmers who part with land for industrial projects. While the all-India average of coverage of giving land rights and possession to tribals is 87%, the figure for Gujarat is 44%.’DEMOCRACY DAMAGE’Condemning policy to term anyone who disagrees with the government as anti-national and anti-development, Singh said this has damaged the democratic discourse in the country

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Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train is an exercise in vanity