“With our jurisdiction extended till Boisar-Palghar and Pen, we are planning to develop three growth centres modelled after the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). We have identified Virar, Palghar and Pen for these centres,” said a senior MMRDA official.
While 0.29 hectare was acquired from the owners of a water park in Paye village in Bhiwandi, Thane, a German NRI gave a proportion of land from a total of 1.57 hectares of land in Chansad village, Vadodara.
Around 6,000 land owners will have to be compensated. Currently, the NHSRCL has managed to acquire only 0.09 per cent of land in Mumbai for the project and has been dealing with protests across the two states over land acquisition issues.
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.
"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.