Land rights body to hold dialogue with political parties on "risky" bullet train project

A conglomerate of several civil rights organizations, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) has decided to hold a Janmanch, a meeting with political parties on the proposed Bullet Train project to discuss its various facets on October 15 at the Constitution Club, New Delhi.
In a statement ahead of the consultation, BAA has said, the project is being implemented in violation of land acquisition law and is an assault on democratic norms, adding, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor has already hit a roadblock, as its main financiers, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has decided to “revisit” the project, especially taking cognizance of opposition to the project, led by farmers and other stakeholders.
Quoting reports, BAA says, JICA, which has till now given Rs 125 crore till now, wants the government to take notice of the agitation of the farmers. “The bullet train aimed to be constructed by 2022 will pass through Maharashtra and Gujarat acquiring hundreds of hectares rich tribal-agricultural land, destroying precious flora and fauna, and will put the livelihoods of many communities at risk”, the statement underlines.
Those who will be part of the dialogue include Marxist farmers’ leader Hannan Mollah, Gujarat Khedut Samaj leader Jayesh Patel, environmentalist Krishnakant, general secretary of the Mines, Minerals and People Ashok Shrimali, and others.

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