Should India allow China to connect Kolkata with Kunming with a bullet train high speed railway track?
Definitely not. Its completely wrong project. If our govt approves it then I don't think we could find such foolish govt in world. We are not service provider for rest of the world to develop other countries area. Bangladesh have so much population still they are not developed. We defended Rohingyas, with this project they have clear path for India. Bangladeshi will come like flowing water. Now only condition is worsen because of Bangladeshi people in West Bengal and nearby states. And why connect with China? What we will get? Its not Europe, US or Russia to connect for development. Its Bangladesh and China. What the hell wrong with these people to think of suck project!?
Soumya Chakraborty, M.Sc Computer Science, Saarland University
It is a good initiative, of course !! Almost every project has to deal with some concerns or the other but according to me this will be a boon for all the countries involved.
Kolkata is located strategically and neither the state government nor the central government is interested to reap on it’s benefits. Kolkata should have been well connected with Kunming, Bangkok and other closely located international cities by now, but it is not. Good international road and rail connections are essential for a developing country like India. The above mentioned project can well be a big step in that direction. From Kunming, cities like Hong Kong and Hanoi too are well accessible. In Europe, all the big cities are well connected by rail, road and air and inter-country buses and trains ply freely without any hindrance.
I understand India’s current political relations are not that smooth with it’s neighbors but that should not be an excuse for stopping an initiative like this. Bengal, throughout the decades have bore witness to numerous project cancellations, industry shutdowns and mindless apprehensions regarding technological influx. It is high time, we shed that narrow political mindset of ours and allow this project to be implemented. Stringent security measurements need to be enforced though and people need to have an open mindset too. I sincerely believe it will be a success at the end, if all pieces fall into their proper places, I am being too optimistic though
Prabhanjan Kulkarni, High Speed Rail is the new future.
Lets keep this simple No you dont offer your land,water,air anything to Enemies like china , they dont want to develop , they just want an highway to their dominationwhere political establishment hasnt been in favor of Central Govt and half state is filled by illegal immigrant by neighboring country stop thinking just about Bullet train its just isnt about train to Kolkata why not build train all the way to Mumbai ?
Nothing is free in world there are always some hidden agenda with Chinese.
Think/Imagine if something happens near Pak India border near Guj , Army can carry 1000 soldiers all the way upto nearest Bullet train station and move from there on within hr or so now Imagine 1000 chinese spy/tourist/soliders landing in Kolkata —Of course nothing like this will ever happen but you cant deny the possibility. ‘Karakorum highway’ and ‘Why Siachen is imp to India’ and obviously ‘chickens neck corridor’ , ‘Chinese army road construction in Bhutan’ all these things research them and try to connect the dots I hope you understand.
Sudhir Sharma, lived in India
When we are connected with Pakistan and Bangladesh by train route, with both country we have trade relations by road too and china by air and road route for Mansarovar Yatra.
So why we are worried about China, China has huge trade relation with India and thousands of people go to China for trade and tourism. India has Buddha circuit, especially nearby to Kolkata, Bihar has Buddha pilgrimage may give easy access to both country even India can earn on this proposals.
International Tourist may also come to India those on tour at China.
China has dispute with his all border Countries but in last 30–40 years no bullet firing with China.
Prem Chandran John, former Consultant, International Health Planning
Why not? This area — West Bengal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Kunming — is relatively less developed. China can connect this corridor. They have the expertise, the hardware and the experience of 250,000 km High Spped railway system. We can’t. We barely manage with our creaking railway system. The world is becoming a global village, let us be part of it.
While at it, what prevents us from building a bridge between India and Sri Lanka? Only 30 km and the South Koreans can build this quickly. The Chinese are connecting Hong Kong snd Macau.
Fools can allow virgin hyperloop to be built between Mumbai and some underserved nearby City, bullet train to another,rrts from delhi to another then why can’t Kolkata be connected with some good transportation. Are these some exclusives that only Mumbai and Delhi should enjoy? Centre will not invest anything in Kolkata,only spending in Mumbai and Delhi,if somebody else is investing in us why are they getting red faced? Nonsense
Syamantak Saha, Data Engineer (2000-present)
As a technology entrepreneur, I am always concerned about Chinese products ‘dumped’ into a market, including that in India. This ‘dumping’ of products into a market stops innovation, business, education and of course the realms of public money including tax revenues and RBI measures. Before a developing country like India, gets an infrastructure connection to China, it should first be implemented in import-export rules, job creations, scientific research and development and improved basic infrastructures in India, including telecommunication lines. Otherwise, this project would just open up India to even more ‘dumped’ goods, completely in a ‘black economy’ that would ultimately cause job losses, fiscal and monetary failures and a leading complete dependency of India on China.