Mumbai (Metro Rail News): The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor will be affecting 54,000 mangroves spread over 13.36 hectares, this project is commonly called the bullet train project, said state transport minister Diwakar Raote on Monda
He replied to a question raised by Shiv Sena legislator Maneesha Kayande in the state Legislative Council.
He stated, “There will be no cutting of trees and there will no threat of flooding to some parts of Navi Mumbai and the pillars of the project will be high so that there is no damage caused to the environment.”
Raote informed in his written reply, “As per my information, farmers are keen on handing over their land for appropriate remuneration.” In this multi-billion dollar project the state government has suggested to plant five plants for each one tree that will be removed.
The project, expected to cost over ₹1 lakh crore, is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Replying to another question raised by Congress MLC Sharad Ranpise, Raote said, “The proposed land acquisition for the bullet train project is 1,379 hectares of which 724.13 hectares is private land in Gujarat while 270.65 hectares is in Maharashtra.”
“In Palghar district 188 hectares of private land is going to be acquired of which 2.95 hectares has been purchased as per the ‘private negotiation’ policy of the state government. Due to the bullet train project 3,498 people from Palghar will be affected.” Said Raote.
Raote said, “84.81 hectares belonging to 6,589 farmers has been acquired in Thane district, of which 2.95 hectares has been purchased as per the private negotiation policy.”
Many years ago the state government introduced private negotiation as a policy in which the land is bought directly from the owner instead of following the land acquisition procedure which normally takes more time.