Maha Farmers to Protest Again, This Time Against Bullet Train Plan

The project involves India’s first bullet train that would run between Maharashtra and Ahmedabad. 

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India to get its first bullet train. Photo used for representational purpose.

Farmers from Diva, Agasan and Mathardi in Maharashtra are expected to gather in front of the Thane District Collector’s office on 10 May and protest against the launch of India’s first bullet train, which will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The reason? Farmers in the state stand to lose around 500 acres of land as a result of the project.

According to Hindustan Times, the bullet train will originate in the Bandra Kurla Complex and go through Thane and Palghar districts, and calls for significant land acquisition.

The protest comes a month after the All India Kisan Sabha organised a farmers’ ‘Long March’ into Mumbai, where nearly 40,000 farmers had marched overnight from Nashik to Mumbai to voice their demands to the Devendra Fadnavis government.

Speaking to HT, Ashok Dhawale, who had organised the ‘Long March’, stated that this time around, the farmers were looking to protest against the bullet-train project. Around 50,000 people are expected to take part in the protest.

The move violates the understanding we had with the state government. Large tracks of land will be acquired in the blocks of Palghar, Dahanu and Talasari.
Ashok Dhawale to Hindustan Times

Talking about why farmers are protesting, Govind Bhagat, president, Aagri Yuvak Sanghatna (AYUS), told DNA:

The government has always taken away our lands for building MIDC, HUDCO, CIDCO, ports, airports, railway in the name of development. Later, the companies and mills on these plots closed and the land was sold to real estate developers at sky high prices, while we got a shabby deal.

“We do not want to give away our land for bullet train or any government project. And we will intensify our struggle if we are forced to,” he added.

(With inputs from The Hindustan Times and DNA)

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