One of their contentions is that the state government is not the “appropriate government” as defined in The Right To Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, in short Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
“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 railway minister said when the ministry introduced the concept of a high-speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the idea “wasn’t only about speed but about introducing the latest technology in the country.”
This comes a day after four main petitioners “conveyed” to their lawyer about withdrawing the petitions, challenging the acquisition process. The lawyers said that two of them had also held a press conference in Surat on Sunday.
The developer has contended that of the 234 flats in two of the highrises that were built in Phase I of the project, 229 have been sold. The third highrise is under construction under Phase II.
“We may have a cluster of industries along the route. That increases the possibility of economic development of countries involved in the 2,800 km-long project,” Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said.
To be opened by the end of 2022, the three-level Vadodara station, which is part of the bullet train corridor, will replace the existing structure and will include a passenger reservation office, a supervisor office, a government railway police facility and other installations.
The NDA government wishes to run the first bullet train by August 15, 2022 to coincide the occasion with 75 years of Independence.
There are around 2,500 trees in the decades-old, lush green campus and NHSRCL is trying to relocate all of them, some along the boundary of the site.
The state government’s response comes on a set of petitions filed by farmers, mostly from south Gujarat, challenging the land acquisition for the Bullet Train project on various ground.
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.
The conglomerate, in its petition, has sought a direction to authorities concerned to change the project’s alignment so that it can get nearly 8.6 acres of land belonging to its infrastructure arm Godrej Construction out of the plan.
It’s a race to learn Japanese for every employee of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) as they work towards rolling out the Shinkansen — the high speed rail system — from Japan.
The NHSRCL’s statement comes over a month after 150 villagers and representatives from Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) staged a protest in Palghar opposing the project.
While the Finance Ministry is learnt to have said that it will pay the principal, the Railways has communicated that it will not be able to bear the yearly interest and associated charges.