Three years after the commencement of land acquisition for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail, Gujarat has acquired almost 100% of the private land required for the high-speed rail project. In stark contrast, 24% of Maharashtra’s land has yet to be acquired, officials said.
“Over 99.4% of the land required for the project in Gujarat has been acquired. We are monitoring the process on a daily basis,” P Swaroop, land reform commissioner and ex officio secretary in the revenue department of the government of Gujarat, told the Indian Express.
“Of a total of 736 hectares of private land that was to be acquired in the state, only 6.6 hectares are pending. Those on hold are small plots in Surat, Vadodara, Navsari, Bharuch and Ahmedabad districts. The acquisition process will be completed within about a month,” he added. The first land acquisition notifications for this project were issued by the tax authorities in January 2018.
Land acquisition in Kheda, Anand and Valsad districts is 100% complete, the official said.
According to the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), a total of Rs 5,707 crore has been paid out as compensation to 6,110 Project Affected Persons (PAPs) in Gujarat as of January 31, 2022.
The first deadline set by the Indian government for the completion of land acquisition for the entire high-speed rail project – involving a total of 1,025 hectares of private land and 145 hectares of public land – was December 2018.
The NHSRCL said construction of the Gujarat High Speed Rail Corridor is progressing in all eight districts of the state, which includes construction of pillars for the elevated corridor in Navsari and Valsad districts, construction of Surat Railway Station and Sabarmati Terminal and the construction of bridges over Narmada. and the Mahi Rivers.
While the acquisition of 7.9 hectares of land in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli which falls on the road has also been fully completed, the acquisition in Maharashtra has lagged behind.
Of the 336 hectares of private and government land needed for the project in Maharashtra, a total of 256 hectares has been acquired as of January 31, 2022. This includes 56.13 hectares of government land.
In addition to compensation paid in Gujarat, NHSRCL paid Rs 2,110 crore to 1,572 project affected people in Maharashtra.
The land acquisition process in the suburbs of Mumbai has not yet started. None of the 3.92 hectares of private land and 0.9 hectares of public land had been acquired as of January 31, 2022, the NHSRCL said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1.1 lakh crore project at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad in September 2017.