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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 5:32 PM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 5:32 PM (IST)

Maharashtra farmers seek meeting with Japanese officials over bullet train

Maharashtra farmers seek meeting with Japanese officials over bullet train
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Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service
Mumbai, December 6

Farmers in Palghar district near Mumbai who stand to lose their land to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project have sought meetings with officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to present their case.

According to activists of the All India Kisan Sabha, which is working among farmers in the area, the Maharashtra Government has been violating several provisions made by JICA as part of its terms and conditions to fund the bullet train project.

“Land belonging to the adivasis is being acquired without adequate resettlement programmes,” says Shiva Kamble, an activist with Jan Manch, an umbrella body comprising of several left parties.

Farmers’ groups in both Gujarat and Maharashtra had written to JICA on September this year opposing acquisition of land on the grounds that they had not given their consent in writing.

Officials of JICA are to now scheduled to visit the affected farmers in Gujarat on Friday and Saturday.

Farmers in Palghar are demanding that they also be heard by JICA officials.

A farm body in the neighbouring state, the Gujarat Khedut Samaj, will meet with JICA officials in Surat, according to the activists here.

The Japanese team will also visit the farms which are due to be acquired by the government.

The government is seeking to acquire 1,400 hectares of land in Gujarat and Maharashtra for the project.

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