Gujarat’s revenue minister Kaushik Patel, on September 27, 2018, said that the state government had decided that the farmers having their land under Urban Development Authorities (UDAs) or Area Development Authorities (ADAs), would also get four times the market rate like their rural counterparts. As per the union government’s prevailing compensation rates for land acquisition, land owners in rural areas get four times the market rate while the same is two times the market rate for agricultural land parcels falling in UDAs and ADAs. “We have taken this decision, to expedite the land acquisition process for the bullet train project. Now, villages which fall in urban regions would also be entitled to get compensation four times the market rate” said Patel.
In addition, the farmers would also get an additional 25 per cent ‘bonus’ on the compensation amount, agreed by the farmers and acquiring authority, he added. The minister said that the process, to acquire 681 hectares of land, spread across eight districts for the project, was going on in full swing. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed railway project currently faces land acquisition hurdles in several parts of the state and farmers have also approached the Gujarat High Court, over it.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project is being executed by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited, a special purpose vehicle of the Railways and the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The 508-kilometre corridor would require around 1,400 hectares of land in Gujarat and Maharashtra, of which 1,120 hectares is privately owned. Around 6,000 land owners will have to be compensated.