Mumbai, March 13: Expressing concerns over the slow pace of land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, the Consul General of Japan Ryoji Noda said that December 2018 deadline has been missed where the Japanese side cannot do anything about it. We are waiting for the Gujarat and Maharashtra governments to procure the land”.
“I am not aware of the fact whether this delay would delay the completion project. It should be minimal, I believe”, he added responding to the question over the completion period.
Interacting further on the issue, Noda said that the Japanese had begun training Indian staff, such as drivers, signal and maintenance workers and others who will work on the bullet train when it becomes operational. “We have begun training people at the training centre in Vadodara,” he said. “Several hundred Indian staff have also been invited to Japan for training.”
According to the statement, the state governments, along with National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), will acquire 612 hectare in Gujarat, 7.5 hectare in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and 246 hectare in Maharashtra. In Gujarat, 5,404 people will have to give up their land for the project, Ahmedabad topping the list with 1,196 people, followed by Kheda at 783.
Deputy Chief minister Nitin Patel, speaking about the bullet train project during a session in the Gujarat Assembly on 19th of February had pointed out that land in 197 villages of 32 talukas of Gujarat will be acquired. “Till now, farmers have given, with their consent, 1,110 plots, measuring 160 hectare,” he said. “For this, Rs 620 crore has been disbursed as compensation.”