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Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: Thane civic body promises support to build station at Diva

The civic commissioner assured that the corporation will help in the development of the Mhatardi area.

mumbai Updated: Jul 22, 2018 23:52 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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Over 200 farmers in Diva are slated to lose their land for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project.(HT Photo/Representational Image )

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has assured their full support to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project.

The civic commissioner, in a meeting with the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) and Japan International Corporation Agency, assured that the corporation will help in the development of the Mhatardi area, where one of the stations of the train is proposed.

On Friday, a delegation of the Japanese company, along with the NHSRCL officials met civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in Thane. The bullet train will pass through nine villages in Thane district. Meanwhile, the agencies have proposed to build a station at Mhatardi in Diva.

Sandeep Malvi, public relation officer of TMC, said, “The train will have four halt stations in Maharashtra including Mumbai, Thane, Virar and Bhoisar. Mhatardi comes under the jurisdiction of TMC. We promised both agencies to extend our full support in developing this area. We will do whatever modifications and de-reservations are required for the planned development of Mhatardi station and the area.”

Jaiswal has asked the town planning officers to study the area and present a report on the reservations and possible development.

Malvi said, “Jaiswal also discussed if the proposed pod car project in Thane can be integrated in this area so people commuting in the train can have ample connectivity to Thane. He also discussed various Japanese technologies, which can be used for these pod cars.”

Over 200 farmers in Diva are slated to lose their land for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project, as per the information by the district collector.

Diva was the first place where farmers registered their protest. The joint measurement survey of seven villages in Thane district is in process.

Rohidas Munde, president of Sath village Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, a farmers’ body, said, “Till date, there has been no discussion on the compensation farmers will receive for losing their land. We are not happy with the compensation they offered and our protest will go on.”

The district had promised compensation 2.5 times the ready reckoner rate. The farmers, however, have demanded compensation four times that of ready reckoner rates, jobs for one member of every family that will lose their land and pension.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 23:13 IST