THREE YEARS after the foundation stone for the Rs 1.08-lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project was laid, almost 95 per cent of the land required for building an elevated corridor has been acquired in Gujarat, while it stands at a little over 23 per cent in neighbouring Maharashtra, officials of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said.
A total of 1,396 hectares is needed for the 508-kilometre-long project, of which 956 hectares are in Gujarat, eight hectares in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (D&NH) and 432 hectares in Maharashtra.
As on February 7, a total of 1,013 hectares (or 72.57 per cent) have been acquired of which 904 hectares are in Gujarat, 7.65 hectares in D&NH and 101 hectares in Maharashtra.
Of the eight districts in Gujarat that fall on the bullet train route, land acquisition in the districts of Kheda and Valsad is almost complete with over 99 per cent of the land being acquired. In these two districts, 100 per cent of the private plots have been acquired say NHSRCL. The districts of Navsari (81 per cent) and Vadodara (88 per cent) currently have the least acquisition in Gujarat. Only 84 per cent and 77 per cent of the private plots have so far been acquired in Navsari and Vadodara, respectively, officials said.
In comparison, land acquisition is yet to begin in suburban Mumbai, where 4.82 hectares are needed. The acquisition in Palghar and Thane stands at a little over 13 per cent and 44 per cent, respectively.