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Gujarat Farmers approach HC opposing PM Modi's Bullet Train Project

Team SoOLEGAL 19 Sep 2018 2:30pm

Gujarat Farmers approach HC opposing PM Modi's Bullet Train Project

Around 1000 farmers affected by the proposed high-speed rail project submitted affidavits in the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday, voicing their opposition to the project.

The affidavits were filed before a Division Bench of the Gujarat HC comprising Chief Justice R. Subhash Reddy and Justice V.M. Pancholi. The bench is, in fact, already hearing five petitions challenging the land acquisition process for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

In the affidavit, the farmers belonging to various districts of Gujarat from where the bullet train route will pass, submitted that they do not want acquisition of their land for the project.

They have also alleged that the existing land acquisition process initiated by the Gujarat government is contrary to the guidelines of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that has provided soft loan for the project to the Indian government.

The farmers further contended that the state government diluted the Land Acquisition Act 2013 after Japan entered into a contract with India for the high-speed train project in September 2015.

The dilution of the Act brings down compensation package to the affected farmers and that amounts to a serious violation of the JICA guidelines.

They even told the bench that neither their consent was taken, nor any consultations were done with them while initiating the land acquisition process by the Gujarat authorities.

Meanwhile, the central government has sought more time to file a reply.

Advocate Anand Yagnik, representing the farmers in the case, told reporters that the affected farmers will approach the top court as the High Court is unable to hear the petitions since the Centre has not filed its reply to the petitions despite an order from the top court.

 “These 1,000 affected farmers will be approaching the Supreme Court with a prayer to stay the project. We will mention the matter before the apex court Wednesday for an urgent hearing,” Yagnik said.

 

 

 

Tagged: Mumbai Ahmedabad Bullet Train   Bullet Train   Mumbai   AhmedabadLand Acquisition Act 2013   Indian Government   Gujarat High Court   Gujarat   Supreme Court of India  
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