RTI Reveals Modi Govt Spent Over Rs 52 Lakhs on Vande Bharat Express Inauguration
PM Modi had faced heavy criticism for attending the much-publicised event a day after the Pulwama terror attack.
The Modi government has disclosed in the reply to an RTI that it spent an astounding Rs 52,18,400 on just the inauguration arrangements for Vande Bharat Express. The train, also known as Train 18, was flagged off by PM Narendra Modi on February 15, 2019.
Per a reply to an RTI query filed by Vishwas Dass on May 6, the Northern Railway said that the money amounting to more than half a crore was spent on “tenting arrangement, water proof Pandal, electrical, Signal & telecommunication etc.”
How much was spent in the function organised to flag off the #VandeBharat Express?
Railways says a whopping Rs.52,18,400!!
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) May 22, 2019
This is not the first time the train has grabbed headlines. PM Narendra Modi was criticised for grabbing the photo-op of inaugurating the train, all waves and smiles, a day after the Pulwama terror attack killed 44 CRPF jawans.
After the inauguration, the train had broken down near Tundla. The incident occurred as the train was heading to Delhi from Varanasi, for its first commercial run.
Although the train can run at speeds upto 180 kmph, it will run only at a maximum of 130 kmph, after an Indian Railways internal assessment document said that only 0.3% of India’s railway tracks are equipped to handle trains running at speeds upto 160 kmph.