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 petition has been moved by a Surat-based farmer, whose land is supposed to be acquired for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.
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.
Four-day campaign by Khedut Samaj against acquisition of project land begins
Only 0.9 hectares of land in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) has been acquired till now. The project is facing opposition from villagers in Palghar and Dahanu who have staged protests in the past.
The bullet train project, planned after discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, is being built with a Rs 88,000-crore soft loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Representatives of several Opposition parties, including the Congress, NCP, MNS, CPM and Shiv Sena, attended the meeting and extended support to the protest.
Land acquisition for Bullet train: The activists, in their letter addressed to JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka, have emphasised that their hopes are based on the fact that Japan is known for its conscientiousness.
The state government’s decision has evoked strong criticism from the farmers’ outfits which have threatened to launch a massive stir against acquisition of land.
Commencing his statewide tour for building the party’s organisation, Thackeray addressed a rally at Vasai in Palghar district. He also asked farmers to uproot rail tracks if they are forced to part with their land.
Speaking at a tourism festival, Japan Calling, here in Ahmedabad, Japanese Consul General at Mumbai, Ryoji Noda, said that India needs to immediately solve the land problem, and added that the bullet train project will only be operational by the end of 2023.
While the bullet train would have ten coaches consisting of one executive coach and nine general coaches by 2023, the total number of coaches would increase to 15 by 2033 to handle additional passenger traffic.
The logo for the bullet train was selected from a contest by a three-member screening committee headed by renowned painter and architect Satish Gujral, said a senior Railways official.
Anguished by the death of a 17-year-old junior college student after falling off the local train on September 20, Shreya Chavan said, “We decided to take up the issue then. If students are not able to travel to college by trains then what is the point of a bullet train.”