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The government aims to launch India's first bullet train by 2022

Infra News - Published on Mon, 09 Jul 2018

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Business Today reported that as the government aims to launch India's first bullet train by 2022, the floating of a tender by the NHSRCL, the nodal body to implement the project, has been the first major step towards completing the 508-km high-speed railway network between Gujarat and Mumbai. Once completed, the Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project would reduce the travel time between the two prominent cities to just 3 hours from the usual seven.

An Indian Express report said that though the tender has been floated for the construction of a bridge in Navsari district of Gujarat, it is one of the 60 bridges to be built on the high-speed railway corridor.

The floating of the tender also marks the slowing down of a confrontation over the land acquisition process in the two states. The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has said the acquisition process is on, and that the first tender under the project has been floated in Gujarat.

The nodal body had earlier failed to achieve much during its mass contact programmes in 23 villages that showed maximum resistance against the project. Faced with a tight deadline and stern opposition from residents of some areas in both the states, especially Palghar in Maharashtra, the NHSRCL officials have been meeting with individual landowners to understand their demands in addition to the promised compensation. Tribals and fruit growers in Palghar district have vehemently opposed the land acquisition process for the project.

NHRCL spokesperson Mr Dhananjay Kumar had told PTI "We have changed our stance. Earlier, we would gather villagers at village chowks to convince them of the good that the project would do. That did not work, so we have decided that we will now target landowners only and ask village heads to give in writing what they want in addition to the compensation for their land."

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Mon, 09 Jul 2018
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