"We travelled by the bullet train --- the kind of one which is being built between Ahmedabad and Mumbai --- for about 700 kilometers which took us just two hours and the ticket cost was Rs 15000. There nothing is free and nothing is cheap," said Nitin Patel.
The farmers have said that their village falls under the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) as it borders Ahmedabad district, but they have refused to accept the current compensation, which is two times the jantri for urban areas.
A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi made the Union Rural Development Ministry a respondent, as demanded by the lawyer of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited.
The farmers said they were unhappy over the “low compensation” offered to them for their land. According to sarpanch Amrat Patel, the market value for a bigha in Bhatia village is between Rs 1.50 crore and Rs 2 crore.