India's first underwater metro makes users wonder why normal trains can't be fixed
- The Indian Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, tweeted a video of India’s first underwater water metro on Twitter.
- Some Twitter users congratulated the Indian government while others wondered why the money couldn’t be spent on fixing the trains that already exist.
- A few users also questioned the motive behind the move and wondered why the investment couldn’t be used to create more jobs or reduce poverty.
The Indian Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, created havoc on Twitter when he shared a video of the underwater metro that is under construction under the Hoogly river in Kolkata on Twitter.
भारत की पहली अंडर वॉटर ट्रेन शीघ्र ही कोलकाता में हुगली नदी के नीचे चलना आरंभ होगी। उत्कृष्ट इंजीनियरिंग का उदाहरण… https://t.co/wc4EYA08UP— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 1565254929000
Twitterati chimed in congratulating Goyal and commending the progress of the Indian Railways. But there were also reactions that the layman doesn’t want a fancy new metro service, but a metro service that’s clean and functional.
One Twitter user sarcastically pointed out how it will be easier for passengers to escape from a train that’s falling into the river — they’ll simply catch the underwater metro instead.
@PiyushGoyal Chalo bahut badhiya ho jayega ,jab apni koi train nadi vadi mein gireygi ,passengers vo paani ke neech… https://t.co/s7zH2SbeFl— Vijunik (@vijunik) 1565263046000
The other criticism of the underwater metro was how the Indian Railways should focus on fixing products on its older trains — like unclean bathrooms, lax safety standards and food quality — rather than trying to manage a new technology.
@PiyushGoyal सर रेलवे की अभी भी हालत ज्यों की त्यों है। कृपया इस तस्वीर को देंखे और फिर बात करें। तस्वीर हावड़ा से… https://t.co/0oRcqFfEer— kabita sharma (@KabitaSharma16) 1565293131000
Users also pointed out that the money used for the underwater metro, that is estimated to cost ₹60 crore, might have been better spent dealing with India’s burgeoning unemployment and poverty.
@PiyushGoyal Yaha logo ki naukriya jaa rahi he aur inko train daudana he Pani ke neeche. Alag hi level ka Vikas he!— Tommy!! (@tommy_bytes) 1565269795000
@PiyushGoyal Are we going to get economic development through this. Or are jobs getting created. What are plans to… https://t.co/lEFxwFloPB— SANDEEP MANTRI (@SandyMantri) 1565280558000
The underwater metro is going to run along a 520 meter stretch of tunnels and is built 30 meters under the the riverbed. The total tunneling length is around 10.6 kilometers with the entire metro line constituting of 16.6 kilometers.
While the underground tunnel is estimated to cost ₹60 crore, the entire East-West Metro Project has a total cost of ₹9,000 crore.