Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project on track. The Gujarat government has started acquiring land for India's first bullet train project.
Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project on track: The Gujarat government has started acquiring land for India’s first bullet train project, according to an Indian Express report. The bullet train project is an ambitious ‘Make in India’ project that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2017. The construction of the bullet train project is scheduled to be over by 2022. The first bullet train is likely to run on August 15, 2022. The bullet train will run between two business hubs, Ahmedabad and Mumbai and the train journey will cover 12 stations- Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
The department of State Revenue released notifications for 45 villages falling within the jurisdiction of Kheda, Anand, Ahmedabad, Valsad and Surat districts, says the report. The department has also declared its intention to acquire land for the “public purpose”. According to the sources quoted in the report, the State Revenue department is also preparing to issue similar notifications for 27 more villages.
As per the Gujarat Amendment Act of 2016, the land will be acquired under provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation & Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement. Since the law came into force on August 15, 2016, this would be the first with regard to a major project. Under this act, some of the firm provisions of the act has been relaxed by the state government, which were passed by the Centre like mandatory consent of farmers and conducting social impact assessment of the land to simplify the process of acquisition.
Last year in September, the foundation stone for the bullet train project was jointly led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. For the project, Japan is providing financial aid and technical assistance which is estimated to cost around Rs 1.08 lakh crore. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), named National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) has also been set up for the project. To monitor the bullet train project, the Central government has arranged a three-tier system. Niti Aayog vice-chairman and a special advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan would together be responsible for the overall project.
According to the government, the project will also create jobs for about 20,000 workers during the construction period.