Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Japan-backed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project costing $17 billion must speed up to to meet the August 2022 deadline.
The biggest challenge for the project is land acquisition. The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) is acquiring around 1,400 hectares of linear land at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore in 195 villages in Gujarat and in 104 in Maharashtra and a small area in Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
It has faced stiff resistance from farmers and tribals, especially in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. Read More