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Another Hurdle in Bullet Train Project, Farmers NOT Ready to Sacrifice Land; Questions on Rupani Govt


More than 1,000 farmers are affected by the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. Farmers have submitted affidavits earlier in Gujarat HC. Last year the HC has dismissed 100 petitions filed by farmers against the land acquisition process and insufficient compensation. The farmers are preparing to go to the SC saddened by the decision. Meanwhile, due to fear of police administration for the last few days farmers of Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad of Gujarat are being forced to measure their land.

The total length of Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project is 508.90 km. In which 487 km elevated corridor and 22 km tunnel are to be built. Eight of the proposed 12 stations are to be constructed in Gujarat. It has a length of 349.03 km in Gujarat while 154.76 km in Maharashtra. At 4.3 km it will pass through Dadra and Nagar Haveli. For this entire project, 612.17 hectares are to be acquired in Gujarat, 246.42 hectares in Maharashtra and 7.52 hectares in Dadra Nagar Haveli. The central government wants to start this project by 15 August 2022.

The farmers of Gujarat are against the land acquisition, 90 percent farmers of Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad neither gave land nor allowed to do survey. When the survey is complete, red stones are put up to indicate the land to acquire for the project. However farmers are opposing to initiate the prerequisite. Farmers have given a new slogan about this fight, “Lahu ka patthar thodo, thodo kisano ka khoon nikal kar” (Break the stone of blood  after shedding the blood of peasants) while giving information in this regard, the lawyer of farmers Anand Yagnik said that “The Gujarat government is acquiring farmers’ land by strangling all constitutional processes. Not only this, the government is paying so much money in the name of compensation of land, through which farmers can neither buy land nor house) Government is paying less than 50 per cent in rural areas compared to urban areas.” In the Diamond City Surat, “one acre of land would have been given for Rs 30 lakhs. Whereas its market price is more than 8 crores.”

Advocate Anand Yagnik, who advocated farmers in the Gujarat HC, said that “the price of land has increased by 80 to 800 percent in Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad. Despite this, the Gujarat government is giving compensation as per 2011”. The demand of farmers opposing land acquisition is that “along with giving compensation according to market prices, the employment of farmers should also be taken care of Jantri sentiment is low in villages whose land is coming in the route, so the amount of compensation is very less. In such a situation, if the farmer gives his land, what will be left with them?”

90 percent farmers of Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad are opposing the bullet train. In such a situation, on 6 February the administration ordered all farmers to remain present while instructing the land measurement. From the last three days, farmers are being forced into these districts with the police force by intimidating farmers and measuring their land. Due to which angry farmers are preparing to knock the door of Gujarat High Court once again.