54k mangroves to be razed down in Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project
After Gujarat environmental activists opposed the proposed bullet train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in which about 54,000 mangroves spread across 13.36 hectares will be pulled down, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote told the legislative Council that Maharashtra government plans to plant saplings five times more than those that will be cut.
The project has been funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Replying to a query put up by Shiv Sena legislator Manisha Kayande, Raote added, “The Rs 1 lakh crore project will run on high pillars so as to ensure least damage to mangroves and the environment. There will be no threat of flooding in Navi Mumbai as is being feared.”
The farmers are ready to hand over their land against appropriate remuneration. In Thane district, 84.81 hectares belonging to 6,589 farmers has been acquired of which 2.95 hectares has been purchased as per the private negotiation policy, he added stating, “As many as 188 hectares or private land in Palghar district will be acquired of which 2.95 hectares has been purchased as per the ‘private negotiation’ policy of the state government. As many as 3,498 people from Palghar will be affected due to the project.”
It may be noted that the bullet trains are expected to run at a speed of 320 km per hour covering the 508 km stretch in barely 2 hours. This is in contrast to the seven hours journey by train presently plying on the route.