The Modi Government’s ambitious bullet train project is facing opposition in Gujarat even after Maharashtra.
Farmers have challenged the land acquisition for the bullet train in the High Court. The farmers are questioning the land acquisition process and the compensation.
He has challenged the right to acquire the government by saying that the bullet train is not a single state but a project of many states.
But, among the protesters, the officials of National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) are confident that they will get the consent of the farmers for this project.
Land and Home Threat
Farmers have started their protest in the name of ‘Khedut Samachar Expedition’, about 10 days before Nanpur (Kheda district), which will organize about 2,500 farmers of 192 villages in the state.
Kanbha Chauhan, a farmer of Nanpur village, has five acres of land. They got notice for land acquisition. He says, “My 15 members’ family is running on this piece of land. We can not give this land. ”
Farmer Manu Chauhan of Chapra village says, “All about half an acre of my family, instead of possessing 6-7 families and animals of the joint family, all these will come into acquisition. If these properties are taken for the bullet train then the roof will be lost from the head of 40 to 50 members of my family. ”
Manu Chauhan said, “Kheda district is a vegetable garden of Gujarat, farmers here earn profits from horticulture crops. I earn five lakh rupees a year by cultivating pumpkin on one acre land. If I got an inappropriate ground in exchange, then what kind of work I did. ”
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‘Bullet train for elite class’
This concern of the farmers is also reflected in the statement of ‘E-Sreedharan’ which is called ‘Metro Man’. Former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan told in an interview to Hindustan Times that the bullet train was for the elite class.
In this interview he said, “The bullet train will fulfill the needs of the elite class only. It is very expensive and is beyond the reach of ordinary people. Instead, India needs a modern, clean, safe and fast rail system. ”
Jayesh Patel, leader of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj, raises questions on the need for a bullet train. He says, “Engineers of Indian Railways have 225 km An hourly high-speed engine has been developed. If Rs. 25 crore is invested between Ahmedabad and Mumbai for modernization of railway track, then this train speed will be 150 to 200 km. Can increase up to per hour.
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Jayesh Patel says, “So why are the state getting acquisition of fertile land for this project, while in Japan it will be a bullet train at a cost of Rs.1,10,000 crores.”
Farmers of Surat have challenged this land acquisition in the Gujarat High Court.
Bullet train project is going through two districts. For this, officials of the district collector have started the process of land acquisition.
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‘Politics is happening’
Says MK Rathore, Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition) of Surat: “Farmers demand that new rates should be fixed at market rates and according to them they should get compensation.”
However, he refused to say anything on the issue of compensation. He said, “Farmers have petitioned the court over this issue. This issue is in court so I can not make any statement on this. ”
The work of bullet train project is being done under the joint venture company National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited. It is a joint venture between the Central Government and the states in which high speed rail projects are going to start.
NHSCRL’s Public Relations Officer said, “The protest of farmers is absolutely correct. Their home and land are their property. If they will be taken, then there will be opposition. “He also said that the opposition to land acquisition is going down.
According to him, after the establishment of NHSCLL due to delays in infrastructure, political parties have got the opportunity to do politics on this issue.
Dhananjay refused to say anything on E Sreedharan’s statement. He said, “Our goal is to trade between Ahmedabad and Mumbai and travel by road and airways. We want them to come and cry. ”
He said, “Even after traveling by flight, Ahmedabad takes five hours to travel from Mumbai. In this we add time to the traffic jam to arrive at the airport, the time of flight, and the traffic jam emanating from the airport. While the bullet train will take it from two to two and a half hours, as this will save the passengers from Mumbai’s traffic.
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What is compensation problem
Dhananjay explains, “The land is a matter of state government, so the government is taking over. In Gujarat, we did not talk to farmers, so the opposition is happening. Farmers are not opposed to the project, but their concerns are about the compensation. We will compensate the farmers according to the 2016 amendment in the Land Acquisition Act, we will pay them 25% more than the rates of basic rates. ”
He said that the entire project will be on the elevated track, so the land will be taken up to 17 meter width along with the track of the bullet train.
They said that the farmers will not be allowed to work in the land and bullet trains instead of land or house instead of land. They will be given money in exchange for land. He believed that social impact evaluation has not yet been completed.
The special things of India’s first bullet train:
The train will connect Gujarat’s main city Ahmedabad to Mumbai’s financial capital Mumbai.
This will reduce the time taken for the distance of 500 kilometers from the distance of 8 hours to 3 hours.
There will be 12 stations on the way.
Most of the routes will be elevated ie above the ground.
This journey will cover seven kilometers of tunnel under the sea.
The train will accommodate up to 750 passengers.
Its maximum speed will be 350 kilometers per hour, which will be more than twice the speed of India’s fastest running trains.