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Godrej Group Moves High Court Against Land Acquisition For Bullet Train Project

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| July 9 , 2018 , 19:30 IST

After farmers protest against acquiring their lands for Bullet train project in India, Godrej group has knocked the Mumbai high court against the acquisition of its land worth Rs 5 billions for the Bullet Train project in Vikhroli, Mumbai.

The Bullet train project will connect Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Maharashtra government had selected the land belonging to the Godrej group in March and it was the last piece of land required in accordance with the project alignment. But now it has become a hurdle for the government as Godrej moved to the High Court.

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The track of the total of 508 KM will be built between Mumbai and Ahmedabad of which a 21 Km Tunnel will be built on Godrej’s Land. Godrej is seeking a change in the project design so that it can save 8.6 acres land belonging to its infrastructure arm and Godrej Constructions project.

It is learnt that if Godrej does not agree on the acquisition of land then concerned authorities will have to change the track alignment or will have to acquire the land under the Maharashtra Acquisition Land Act of 2013.

Previously the project had faced massive resistance from Palghar district farmers in Maharashtra.

The Bullet train project will commence from January 2019 and the deadline to acquire the land before the commencement of the project is the end of 2018. It is planned that the project will complete by 2022 on the occasion of 75th year of India’s Independence.

Indian Railway is also looking to acquire 1400 hectares of land in Maharashtra and Gujarat worth Rs. 10000 crore.