Railways hopes to buy Mumbai suburb land by December

Railways hopes to buy Mumbai suburb land by December

The Indian Railways is hopeful of meeting the December 2018 deadline for acquiring land for the upcoming Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor, despite the red flag raised by the Godrej Group over acquisition of its 3.5 hectare land parcel in Vikhroli, a Mumbai suburb.

Around 21-km underground alignment of the proposed 508-km long bullet train corridor is projected to pass through the land owned by one of Godrej group companies which has approached the Bombay High Court to stop the land acquisition.

“The land will be acquired and no alignment will be changed as it is a project of national importance,” said a railways ministry official, who did not wish to be identified. “The Maharashtra government can acquire the land under its land acquisition law. The next hearing in court is on July 31.

Under the law, rail line is an essential infrastructure project and no party can deny land for it.” The market cost of the land is said to be a little less than Rs 500 crore. The railways will pay twice the market price as per the law. The Godrej Group wants the railways to change project alignment. Read  More

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