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Land acquisition for bullet train project to be completed by March-end, ET Infra


The Centre is targeting to complete land acquisition for the ₹1 lakh crore bullet train project by this month-end, officials said. They said Maharashtra Chief Secretary has directed all district collectors in the state to handover land for the project under this revised timeline.

In addition, they said, transmission line shifting work is to be completed by March 2024-end as well. The bullet train project spans across Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Maharashtra.

While land acquisition and possession has been completed in Gujarat, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, possession of over 15% of the total land requirement is yet to be handed over to the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) in Maharashtra. In all, 959.04 hectares (ha) land has been acquired in Gujarat while 430.45 ha falls in Maharashtra.

The NHSRCL is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with 50% equity contribution of the Railways Ministry and 25% contribution each of the Maharashtra and Gujarat state governments.

Besides land acquisition, shifting of power transmission lines also need to be completed on priority to achieve the revised timelines for the project. Here too Gujarat has taken the lead with shifting of 1333 infringing lines completed.

There are 318 infringing lines in Maharashtra of which around 300 have been completed till now. “Shifting of the remaining transmission lines in Maharashtra will also be completed by March 2024-end,” a senior official told ET.

The project has received permissions for forest, wildlife, and mangroves cutting in addition to tree cutting.

  • Published On Mar 7, 2024 at 08:17 AM IST

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