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Trouble For India-Japan Bullet Train Project As Farmers Refuse To Give Up Land

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| May 17 , 2018 , 11:08 IST

The much-hyped bullet train project connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai, a joint-venture by India and Japan has landed into trouble with land acquisition as farmers in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat are either rejecting the compensation packages or refusing to part with their lands, media reported on Thursday.

Any further delay would likely result in the project not being complete by the deadline of 2023, the Japanese Consul General from Mumbai said during a tourism festival in Ahmedabad.

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The Aagri Yuvak Sanghatna (AYUS) of Maharashtra on Wednesday led a protest to the Thane Collectors office demanding that the bullet train project be re-routed via Vasai Creek so that there is no loss of farmer land.

"We have already suffered due to past projects. This time our land, house are both being taken in by the bullet train project. Where will we go? There should be some humanity," said a local villager to India Today.

As per a Maharashtra Government Resolution (GR) the purchasing of the land is being attempted at 125 percent more than the market value. However, locals are demanding as much as 5 times market value as well as a job to party with the land.

The foundation stone for the very first Bullet Train network in India connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai was laid by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 14 as the project is a joint venture between the two nations.

Although the completion deadline is 2023, Indian Railways is working overtime aiming to complete it ahead of the August 2022.