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PTI ahmedabad India
Updated: 05-12-2018 23:10 IST

A team of Japan International

Co-operation Agency (JICA), which has provided soft loan to

the Indian government for the country's first bullet train

project, will be on a two-day visit of Gujarat from Friday to

meet farmers affected by the project.

Officials of the JICA, Japan's state-owned funding

agency, will visit Surat on Friday to meet farmers, who have

been protesting against land acquisition for the

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

The project-affected people, including farmers and

land owners, had made representation to the JICA on September

18 this year, alleging that land acquisition for the project

was being done "in complete and abject violation of the JICA

guidelines and the Centre's Land Acquisition Act, 2013,"

seeking the agency's intervention.

"In response to it, a JICA team, comprising its chief

representative Katsuo Matsumoto and other members, has agreed

to meet the affected farmers and their representatives at

Surat. JICA team will visit on December 7 and 8," Anand

Yagnik, lawyer for the project-affected persons, said.

Representatives of the farmers' body, Gujarat Khedut

Samaj, which has led a protest against land acquisition, will

also take part in the meeting, he said.

On Friday, the JICA team will pay a visit to some farm

lands and their owners to take stock of situation, he said.

"The next day, they will hold a meeting with the

farmers and landowners of different villages and districts who

are affected by the project," Yagnik, who is representing the

project affected persons in ongoing litigation before the

Gujarat High Court, said.

The project had been launched by Prime Minister

Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in

September last year.

The bullet train will run at a speed of 320-350 kmph,

and have 12 stations across its 500-km stretch. Around 1,400

hectares of land will be acquired in Gujarat and Maharashtra

for the project. Of that 1,120 hectares land is privately


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