is complete. Ironically, people’s queries are not answered in social impact and environment impact hearings. In Gujarat, it is a forceful acquisition of land and in Maharashtra, too, the government has changed the rules from the earlier model of direct purchase. Even now, acquisition in areas like Palghar in Maharashtra and Navsari in
may be a difficult task for the authorities,” said Krishnakant Chauhan, an office-bearer of the National Alliance of People’s Movements.
Apart from land acquisition, another major cause for concern before the project is cost escalation owing to a fall in the rupee against the Japanese yen. Moreover, farmers in Maharashtra were asking for a higher compensation package.
The 508.17-kilometre long network will pass through three districts (Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar) in Maharashtra and eight districts (Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, and Ahmedabad) in Gujarat.
The alignment also passes through a small section falling in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Though the state government of Maharashtra was showing discontent, it had recently amended state land rules to start the process of acquisition as direct purchase of land was taking too much of time.
Last year, the company had floated nine civil work tenders, which Khare said would be opened by the end of July or early August. One of the civil work contracts for construction of stations, bridges, viaducts, maintenance depots, and tunnels across the network is to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore. However, key tenders, including Shinkansen technology like electrical, rolling stocks, signaling, and tracks, will be open to only Japanese companies.