Bullet train: farmers oppose land acquisition

Around 1,000 farmers from Gujarat, whose land will be acquired for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, have filed affidavits in the High Court, opposing the land acquisition process started by the State government. The affidavits were filed before a division bench of Chief Justice R.Subhash Reddy and Justice V.M. Pancholi. The Bench is hearing five separate petitions which have been clubbed as they all challenge the land acquisition process for the country’s first high speed railway project. In their respective affidavits, the farmers have contended that besides them as land holders, the project will also affect thousands of others who may be cultivating the farms being acquired for the Rs. 1.10 lakh crore project. They have also contended that the existing land acquisition proceedings are contrary to guidelines of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that has provided soft loan to the Indian government to implement the project.
According to the farmers, the Gujarat government has diluted the Land Acquisition Act 2013 after Japan entered into a contract in September 2015 with Indian government to build the country’s first high speed bullet train project between Mumbai in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The dilution of the Act brings down compensation package to the affected farmers and that constitute a serious violations of the JICA guidelines.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/bullet-train-farmers-oppose-land-acquisition/article24982371.ece

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