Farmers giving away land for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will get an additional 25 per cent of the market value of the land over and above the compensation they were entitled to, the Railways said today, a day after Congress MP Ahmed Patel wrote to the Prime Minister expressing concern over the process of land acquisition for the ambitious project.
In the statement, a spokesperson for the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRCL), which is implementing the high speed train corridor project, said due care had been taken to cause the least inconvenience to farmers and farm labourers and simultaneously protect their rights.
In the letter to the PM, Patel had alleged that farmers representatives had complained that rules and procedures under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, were not being adhered to while land was being acquired for the project.
He claimed meetings were being conducted barely at a days notice, without appropriate publicity. Under the Gujarat governments regulations, the need for mandatory consent of farmers and a social impact assessment had been done away with, Patel said. Read More
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