Last week, farmers and local activists disrupted a public hearing conducted by NHSRCL, its second attempt to hold such an event in less than a month. The first one last month was also cut short by protests.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel recently wrote a letter to PM Modi stating that he has received several complaints from farmer representatives that rules and procedures under the Land Acquisition Act 2013 was not being adhered to and Gujarat government was conducting the land acquisition exercise under a diluted version of the 2013 Act.
The proposed corridor will start from the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai and end near the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad.
While European countries like Germany and Italy had been researching and experimenting on high speed rail network since as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, it was Japan which made the breakthrough in this race for the fastest rail technology.
Gowda also called on Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and later held a meeting with senior Railway officials.
Japanese experts from and Indian officials conducted surveys in Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor (about 500 km) for a pre-feasibility study.