by Rajini Vaidyanathan
More than 22 million people use India’s rail network every single day – it’s been a central mode of transport for people here since trains first started running in India in the 1800s (…).
In its annual railways budget the Indian government has pledged to build new tracks and carriages, and to modernise signalling, to improve safety and reduce the thousands of deaths which happen on the tracks every year.
But all this costs money. As well as investing 147 billion dollars in the next five years, it’s announced a modest increase in ticket prices.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think: are Japanese train fares fair?
2. If you can modernize one sphere of the economy in Japan, what sphere would you choose?
3. Describe the longest trip by train that you have ever made.