33% land for bullet train project acquired in Maharashtra

As per the information provided by NHSRCL, of the 432 hectares (ha) of land required for the bullet train project in Maharashtra, 143ha or 33% has been acquired
A senior NHSRCL official said that they are expecting to speed up the process and acquire more land in Maharashtra in the coming months for the bullet train project. (HT FILE)
A senior NHSRCL official said that they are expecting to speed up the process and acquire more land in Maharashtra in the coming months for the bullet train project. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 10:33 PM IST
Copy Link
ByAroosa Ahmed, Mumbai

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has completed acquisition of 33% of land in Maharashtra for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor – the pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As per the information provided by NHSRCL, of the 432 hectares (ha) of land required for the project in Maharashtra, 143ha or 33% of land has been acquired. In Gujarat, 1,084.48ha of the required 1,396ha has been acquired. In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the acquisition is about 97%, with 933.52ha of the required 955ha been acquired for the corridor.

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier questioned if the bullet train project was of any benefit to the state. The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) had appeared “non-committal” on the project after coming to power in 2019.

“Land acquisition is going on in Maharashtra and we are expecting to speed up the process and acquire more land in the coming months for the project,” said a senior NHSRCL official.

By September, NHSRCL – the authority that will soon undertake the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project – had acquired 30% of land in the state.

To push the acquisition process, Union minister of state for railways, Raosaheb Danve, had visited Mumbai last month and interacted with senior officials from NHSRCL, Western Railway, collectors of Palghar, Raigad and Thane districts as well as state government officials. He had also directed the officials to work on increasing the pace of acquisition of the land.

The construction work of the bullet train corridor project has started in Gujarat and the first phase between Surat and Bilimora is expected to open by 2026.

Of the total 508.17km route of the bullet train, 155.76km is in Maharashtra, 384.04km is in Gujarat and 4.3 km is in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

The estimated cost of the project is 1.10 lakh crore, of which 88,000 crore will be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • In Connaught Place, a tree, outside the N block subway, is loaded with a multitude of jamuns.

    Delhiwale: Jamunji, the newest sequel

    It is good to patronise the jamun hawkers, but you can also pick up the jamuns for free. These days, many Delhi pathways look like blood-splattered battlefields with the tiny pulpy fruit fallen from trees, their innards and purple juices squashed out by the pedestrians’ feet.

  • The Delhi transport department faces a major challenge of replacing 99% of its fleet of 3,760 buses by September 2025, when they will be taken off roads on account of their age.

    Delhi govt to buy 1,950 buses, first lot to arrive in August

    After the cabinet meeting, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the new buses will start arriving from August 2022 and by September 2023, all buses, including the 1,500 electric and 450 CNG-run air-conditioned buses, will be inducted into the city fleet.

  • Protesters owing allegiance to the Dogra Front, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the Udaipur tailor’s brutal killing and demanded strict action against the perpetrators, in Jammu. (shutterstock/ Representational image)

    Protests erupt in Jammu over Udaipur tailor’s brutal killing

    Strong protests by pro-Jammu parties erupted in Jammu on Wednesday over barbaric murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. The protesters owing allegiance to the Dogra Front, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the brutal killing and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. They also demanded sacking of the Ashok Gehlot-led government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Rajasthan. The protesters also burnt effigies of the two attackers.

  • Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha said the meeting was held to discuss the management of Amarnath Yatra. (ANI File Photo)

    Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor meets political leaders, discusses Amarnath Yatra

    Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha held a meeting with several political leaders of the union territory at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar on Wednesday evening. The meeting was held to discuss the current situation in J&K and the Amarnath Yatra that will begin on Thursday. The Lt Governor said the meeting was held to discuss the management of Amarnath Yatra. PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari, however, didn't say whether pDP president Mehbooba Mufti will attend the meeting.

  • Pilgrims at the Baltal base camp before proceeding to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, in Baltal on Wednesday. (AFP)

    Amarnath Yatra: Amid tight security, first batch of pilgrims reach Baltal

    Amid tight security first batch of yatris reached Baltal on Wednesday, one of the base camps for the Amarnath Yatra, as the pilgrims will have a night halt at the camp. On Thursday morning they will be leaving for the holy cave. At several places, documents were checked thoroughly. Every year the annual Amarnath yatra is taken from two routes via Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district. Some pilgrims were busy chanting hymns.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, June 30, 2022