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SC To Hear Petition Filed By Farmers Alleging Illegal Land Acquisitions In The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project

Lawstreet Journal 17 Jan 2020 9:31pm

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The Supreme Court agreed today (January 17, 2020) to hear petitions filed by farmers to halt land acquisitions for India's first Bullet Train rail project to be set up between Mumbai-Ahmedabad which will run at a speed of 320-350 kmph. The Court will hear the matter on March 20, 2020. The decision of the court might delay the 508 kms long project. After rejection of the petition filed in the Gujarat High Court which had refused to declare land acquisitions as illegal as alleged by farmers, they moved the Apex Court.

A Division Bench headed by Justice Deepak Gupta of the Supreme Court is hearing the matter.

On September 18, 2018, around 1000 farmers had submitted affidavits in the Gujarat High Court opposing the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi is heard five petitions challenging the land acquisition process for the high-speed train rail project.

Besides these petitioners, 1000 farmers submitted separate affidavits in the Gujarat High Court to highlight the plight of many more cultivators that were affected by the Centre's ambitious Rs. 1.10 lac crores bullet train project.

In the affidavit, the affected farmers from various districts of Gujarat, from where the bullet train route would pass, had stated that they did not want acquisition of their land for the project.

Pointing out to the existing land acquisition proceedings, the farmers said that it was contrary to the guidelines of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that had provided a soft loan to the Indian… Continue Reading...

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