The compensation package for farmers whose land will be acquired for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project will be “much more” than the Land Acquisition Law requires, a senior official said today. A joint measurement survey is currently underway, which is the last stage of the land acquisition process, said Achal Khare, managing director of National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the implementing agency. After the survey ends, farmers will learn about the compensation package, he said. “I can assure you that we will be compensating much more than what you expect,” Khare said.
He was here to talk about the project as part of the second series of conferences A N Khosla, organized by the Ahmedabad chapter of the IIT Roorkee Alumni Association at IIT Gandhinagar. “We have decided the package of rights philosophically, which is more than what is provided in the Land Acquisition Law, for example, we will give you an additional 25 percent as part of the consent terms.” There is a lot of compensation for rehabilitation and resettlement, “he said. “To dissipate your apprehensions, we will provide each land loser with a title card, which will have your bank account number and all the items against which you will obtain compensation.” This will be monitored by the company until such time as it receives his last compensation, “said Khare.
For the project, about 1,400 hectares of land will be acquired in Gujarat and Maharashtra, 1,120 hectares of which are privately owned. Around 6,000 land owners will have to be compensated. Farmers’ organizations and tribal groups have demanded that the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, such as a mandatory social impact assessment and an impact study on loss of food production, which have been removed in the amendment from Gujarat to the Law, followed in the acquisition of land for the Bullet train project. The tracks must be placed on the land belonging to the Railways or on land already acquired for the Dedicated Cargo Corridor Project, they have demanded, threatening agitations in both states if the demands are not met.
The Opposition Congress has endorsed their demands. Khare said the project planning and design phase is being completed and construction will start soon. The bullet train will run at a speed of 320-350 km / h and will have 12 stations in its 500 km stretch. The train will have 10 coaches to start in 2023, and will make 70 trips a day, 35 on each side. Each train will have 750 seats and will carry 17,900 passengers each way per day, he said.
The project will also see the first submarine tunnel in the country, 7 km from the 21 km long tunnel designed for the train, near the Thane stream, said Khare. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the ambitious project last year. Japan has granted a soft loan for the project, a joint venture between Indian Railways and the Japanese Shinkansen Technology.