Following protests by farmers who are set to lose their land for the Sabarmati-Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed rail corridor, the land acquisition officer of Bharuch district on Wednesday prepared a 12-point report enlisting all the objections raised by farmers.
Failing to make much headway through mass contact programmes in the 23 villages where it faced extreme resistance, the NHRCL, in a major change in stand, is approaching individual landowners for their demands – in addition to the compensation they are due.
The NHSRCL — which is still to finalise a Detailed Project Report for the Rs 1.08 lakh crore project — said they have also begun to offer English and Math lessons to villagers.
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.
Farmers’ outfit threatens stir, says won’t allow possession of land
The bullet train project, kicked off after discussions between PM 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).
This is being done to provide bullet train connectivity to passengers travelling by the Indian Railways and the metrorail in Ahmedabad.
Out of the 1,400 hectares required for the bullet train project in Maharashtra and Gujarat, 353 hectares will be required from Maharashtra.
The bullet train project has decided to emulate the customer service manual of Japanese Shinkansen, which is famous for its strict punctuality and impeccable safety record.
The fare between Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai and the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad will be around Rs 3,000 (economy seats). There will be a business class as well at higher fares.
National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) Managing Director Achal Khare shares details of the Shinkansen technology, the upcoming Vadodara railway institute and what the project will mean to the future of inter-city transport.
Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal talks about impact of demonetisation, says there is no shortage of funds for the bullet train, argues that Army was called in to build the FOB in Mumbai as it is the only workforce that can work in extreme conditions, and promises a new face of Railways by 2022.
The 27-year-old second-year student of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, says he participated in probably every design competition floated by the Narendra Modi government.
In order to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Rs 1,10,000-crore bullet train project, a loan of Rs 88,000 crore will be taken from Japan.
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.