Ahmedabad: After Maharashtra, now farmers from Gujarat are opposing the land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project. Farmers from many parts of the state are not allowing officials to take the joint measurement survey of the land and are demanding that land acquisition should be done under the central law and not by the laws of the state.
The farmers say that the land which the government wants to acquire for the project is fertile agricultural land and the government should instead utilize the land acquired for the dedicated freight corridor project.
Around 850 hectares is required to be acquired for the project from around 5,000 families across eight districts of Gujarat, i.e. Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, and Valsad.
The farmers said that very little time was given to them to respond, only one or two days instead of 60 days as per the rule. The joint measurement surveys are being conducted by District land revenue officials and the officials of National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited.
Earlier, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had protested the joint measurement survey for the bullet train project in Shiphata, Thane in Maharashtra from where about 40 kilometers of the route will be passing through.