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1400 hectares of 145 villages to be acquired for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

By Our Representative
India's top civil rights network, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA), has estimated that the Japan- backed Bullet Train Project known as Mumbai –Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor aims to acquire 1400 of hectares (ha) tribal-agricultural land. In a statement ahead of a seminar in Delhi, BAA said, of this 350 ha will be acquired in Maharashtra and the rest in Gujarat.
"This is divided into 7,000 plots, in 195 Villages in Gujarat and in 104 villages in Maharashtra", it says, adding, "The project covers three district in Maharashtra and eight in Gujarat, besides a small area in Dadar & Nagar Haveli."
The seminar is being held against the backdrop of sharp protests in Maharashtra and Gujarat against the Rs 1.08 lakh crore project. BAA wonders whether India should spend so much of public money for the bullet train to run on just 508 km, to be used by well-heeled passengers, when 90% of rail passengers in India travel by sleeper class or lower class for thousands of kilometres.
Titled "Misplaced Priorities or Plain Megalomania? Costs and Consequences of Bullet Train", the seminar is being held on August 2, 2018 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.

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