Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in September 2017. Ground work for the project began in December 2017. The bullet train project is among the top priorities for the government. So, the deadline was advanced from August 2023 to August 2022.
But now the bullet train project has hit a major roadblock. More than 1,000 farmers have filed an affidavit in the Gujarat High Court with the request that the work must stop on the bullet train project. The Rs 1.08-lakh-crore bullet train project is being undertaken by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL). Eighty per cent of the fund is being provided by Japan in the form of soft loan.
The bullet train project requires acquisition of around 1,400 hectares of land in Gujarat and Maharashtra. The land acquisition is being done by the respective state governments. Of the total land to be acquired for the project, around 1,120 hectares are privately owned. Approximately 6,000 land owners are to be compensated. Read More
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