Farmers in Palghar protest against bullet train project

The farmers, who held the demonstration outside Boisar railway station, said they will be ruined if their agricultural lands are acquired for the project.

By: PTI | Palghar | Published: September 14, 2017 4:22 pm
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Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday launched the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, a group of farmers from Boisar in Palghar district protested against the project fearing acquisition of their lands. The farmers, who held the demonstration outside Boisar railway station, said they will be ruined if their agricultural lands are acquired for the project.

During the protest, which was jointly organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parisahd, the protesters waved black flags and raised slogans against the project. Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “There are mostly small farmers in Palghar and if their lands are acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”

The protesters also alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking the farmers into consideration. Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law and order situation.” When contacted, Palghar district collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peaceful.

The bullet train project was launched by Modi and Abe in Ahmedabad this morning. Modi described the ambitious Rs 1.10 lakh crore project, which will cut travel time between the two cities from seven hours to less than three, as a “big gift from Japan to India”.

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  1. sachin1 rao
    Sep 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm
    Such oppositions will b there whenever there is introduction of change or commencement of a new thing in India. In fact all of us opposed the idea of going to school on our first day of school but our parents sent us to school because of which literacy rate of our country increased. Having said that I can understand the concerns of farmers. They should b compensated for the land they will b losing for the project. But
    1. I
      Sep 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm
      Is this farmers protest or Congress protest?
        Sep 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm
        Long long ago there was king known as Nero of Rome. He would play gitar when his subjects were dying of hungers. we do have incarnation of such Neros today.Guess who? WE HAVE ALL MISPLACED PRIORITIES. OUR COUNTRY IS KNOWN AS THE HUNGER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD STILL OUR PRESENT GOVT AT CENTRE IS BEHAVING LIKE COLONIAL RULERS.!!! GOD CAN ONLY SAVE MOTHER INDIA.
        1. Rahul Chauhan
          Sep 14, 2017 at 10:51 pm
          Unlike you, I think that Emperor Nero knew how to spell.
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          Harminder Singh
          Sep 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm
          All very commendable but at the end of the day it'll have to be paid for and that comes out of the tax payers pocket so pray tell me how a project for the benefit of so few is beneficial for the citizens up North who will have to s out for a project for those with who. they have nothing in common so let the tax payers of MAHARASTHRA and GuJjarat bear the burden for the benefit of the facilities and luxurious travel that is meant for their convenience and creature comforts as only they are going to avail of its use
          1. Rahul Chauhan
            Sep 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm
            What makes you think that it will be paid for by the taxpayer. Typical Socialist-style thinking. Are India's private airlines being paid for by the taxpayer? And even if they are, in case it is not profitable, Maharashtra and Gujarat should benefit, because god knows that these two states have carried India for decades.
          2. V
            Sep 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm
            Modi and his Govt never care for farmers and this farmers voted for him by NAMO the think he is going to deposit each indian 15 Lakhs. Modi dont know how towash after and how he can provide each indina 15 Laksh from where? As per ManMohan jee said money are not on trees. It is fact our janta must think fr such useless slogans? .... Jai Hind
            1. Rahul Chauhan
              Sep 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm
              I want some of what you're smoking.
              1. V
                Sep 15, 2017 at 4:12 am
                Italian boot licker
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