JICA team finds norms 'flouted' in Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

-The Hindu

Japanese officials met farmers over land acquisition

Ahmedabad:
Officials of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, have apparently found violations of the agency’s guidelines in the process of land acquisition.

The officials held a series of meetings with farmers and their representatives and also activists, who are opposing land acquisition for bullet train project.

According to sources, a team of JICA officials is now likely to convey its concerns to the authorities in Gujarat involved in the land acquisition process.

“They have agreed with our view that compensation has been reduced by the Gujarat government,” said a farmer’s representative, who met the JICA officials.

The JICA team met farmers and their representatives , their lawyer Anand Yagnik and activists in Surat, Bharuch, Valsad and other places to understand their concerns and reluctance to part with land after more than 1,000 farmers filed affidavits in the Gujarat High Court challenging the State’s land acquisition process, saying it violates JICA’s guidelines.

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The Hindu, 10 December, 2018, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/jica-team-finds-norms-flouted-in-mumbai-ahmedabad-bullet-train-project/article25705431.ece?fbclid=IwAR2cG2NedMU6G2eDrgf3HIojrz9zIfg

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