Mumbai: Finally some headway in the Bullet Train land acquisition. As per National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) the land acquisition process for Bullet Train project in Maharashtra to be completed by end of 2018. This also includes procuring land in Palgarh district.
This news was shared by top official from NHSRCL on September 1. The official also shared that a service road will be constructed along with corridor of high speed project. Some section will be kept for general public.
Managing director of NHSRCL Achal Khare assured that they have managed to clear misconceptions in people’s mind. The officials have won trust of people whose land would be acquired for the project. NHSRCL is hoping to complete the land acquisition process by December.
Khare shared this while addressing a press conference at Virathan Khurd village in Palghar. It is one of the 73 project affected villages.
Winning trust of people from Palghar is a major relief. Villagers here continued agitation and declined to part with their lands for the Bullet Train project. There was intense agitation with regards to land acquisition.
The project execution agency has communicated that 45 villages out of 73 in the district have agreed to be part of the land acquisition drive.
Khare share that people thought they would have to part with 200 feet of land; this, when the requirement is only for 60 feet for the project. Khare also informed that they are engaging Marathi speaking ground workers to connect with villagers and land owners. The idea is to address their concerns and clear misunderstandings with regards to land acquisition.
As per the requirement, around 110 km of the 508 km train corridor passes all the way through Palghar. For the Bullet Train project, the officials require around 300 hectares across 73 villages. This acquisition will affect over 3,000 people whose land is there on this stretch.
It is in Palghar that land acquisition is bitterly opposed by fruit growers and tribals.
Khare has assured that once project rolls out, alternate jobs will be generated. But offering jobs as demanded by many may not be feasible.
NHSRCL plans to offer skills that will help villagers gain self employment.
Khare also said that they have completely disconnected middle men from the land acquisition process. This will hopefully help in sorting out land issues with villagers.
The Bullet Train which is a 508-km high-speed corridor will link Ahmedabad with Mumbai. The high speed rail is estimated to touch a peak of 320 kmph, making travel easier and faster between two junctions.