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
Officials of the JICA, Japan's state-owned funding
been protesting against land acquisition for the
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
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.
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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