Seminar on costs and consequences of bullet train to be held on Aug 2

A full day seminar on Costs and Consequences of Bullet Train is to be held at the Deputy Speaker's Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on August 2. A National Alliance of People's Movements communique says, "The proposed High Speed Rail Corridor (popularly called the Bullet Train) from Mumbai to Ahmedabad is to scythe its way through the tribal and agricultural tracts of Maharashtra and Gujarat."
It adds, "The farmers of the area are opposed to the project as their fertile lands will be taken away. Additionally, and more importantly, there is a rising discontent among the masses, given that more urgent developmental and social sector issues have been ignored and deprived of funds. Within the railway sector itself, the need of the hour is the up-gradation and improvement of existing tracks, the introduction of swifter services usingIndian technology, and improved safety measures, all of which are being ignored."
Those organising the seminar include include the Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha, Kashtakari Sanghatana, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan Maharashtra, Shoshit Jan Andolan, Gujarat Khedut Samaj, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti and National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements.

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