Bullet train project delayed by 5 years, Modi’s big failure
Dilip Patel, January 2022
In 2013, Narendra Modi announced the bullet train. Today it turns 8 years old.
The foundation stone was laid in Ahmedabad on 14 September 2017 by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe 4 years ago. He is also 4 years old today. The bullet train was to start in 2022. But didn’t.
The deadline to complete the land acquisition for the entire project was set as December 2018. Till date their land acquisition work has not been completed. Due to the government dictatorship, this process has been delayed for 3 years.
In Gujarat, where civil work has started, 97.6% of private land has been acquired.
Civil work has been started in the land acquisition project for the bullet train project running in an area of 508.17 km between Ahmedabad to Mumbai.
But 15 percent land is yet to be acquired in the state. If Gujarat and the central government had done what they did today in 2017, most of the work would have been completed today. But former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have not been successful in doing so.
Farmers and homeless people wanted full compensation. But both these leaders were not ready to pay more price to the farmers than the low price of Jantri. That’s why it’s getting delayed.
The project has been delayed due to the anti-farmer policies of both the parties. At the same time, 69 percent of the land is yet to be acquired in Maharashtra, where the bullet train has to pass through the track. So far, land acquisition compensation of Rs 7027 crore has been given for this project.
Former Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel had announced a compensation of Rs 200 crore. Now he has to pay a compensation of Rs 6,500 crore.
In the government of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, farmers of Maharashtra besides Gujarat have been given proper compensation. They have also decided to start the project on fasttrack.
India’s first bullet train is planned to run from Ahmedabad to Mumbai by the end of 2023 but the process of land acquisition is still on.
However, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited has started civil work in those areas of Gujarat where the land acquisition process has been completed.
A total of 1025 hectares of private land has been acquired in Gujarat and Maharashtra for the bullet train project. Out of which Rs 5535 crore has been given to private land owners of Gujarat and Rs 1421 crore has been given to Maharashtra.
Land acquisition is underway in three districts of Maharashtra and the process is yet to begin in suburban Mumbai, where four hectares of land is to be acquired. However, 60 per cent of the land has been acquired in Thane and only 19 per cent in Palghar district.
The process of land acquisition is still pending, so the government will have to spend more than Rs 1,000 crore.
In the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the process of acquisition of land from the corporation has been completed 100%, where Rs 70 crore has been paid for 7.52 hectares of land.
99 hectares of land has been acquired in Kheda of Gujarat and 47 hectares in Anand. In Bharuch, 99.81 per cent of the land has been acquired, while only three plots are yet to be acquired.
In Vadodara, 94 percent land acquisition has been completed against the requirement of 108 hectares. So far 111 private plots are to be acquired in this district. In Valsad, 98 percent land has been acquired and 102 plots are pending. In Surat, the maximum 137 hectares of land is to be acquired and 96 percent work has been completed in that district.
Modi’s random planning, bullet train route will be designed after 5 years, when will the train start?
The whereabouts of Modi’s bullet train project, which started in 2017, is yet to be ascertained. Modi had announced to run bullet train from Ahmedabad to mislead people to win Gujarat and Lok Sabha elections.
Although 5 years have passed, there is no place for the project. Now the task of designing their route will be given.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between National High Speed Rail Corporation and Japan Railway Track Consultancy Company. The company will design a 237-km-long bullet train route between Vadodara and Vapi. The Japanese company will provide India with designs and drawings of various items ranging from designs.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation of India has tied up with Japan Railway Track Consultancy Company to map a 237-km route between Vadodara and Vapi.
There was a virtual meeting between the Japanese company and top Indian officials. Negotiations took place between the officials of the Japanese Embassy and the officials of the Japanese Railway Company.
The flags of Make in India project have been waved. The India-Japan bullet train project worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore was announced in 2017. The government plans to run this bullet train between Ahmedabad-Mumbai for 508 km.
Maharashtra government has refused to build a bullet train track.
why the delay
The Modi government has already used police force to capture the land of farmers in Gujarat. Misusing the system was a big mistake of Modi and Rupani government. Hence the project has been delayed.
21 km underground. No damage has been done to the above Maharashtra Flamingo Sanctuary. 11 tenders
The cost of the project is 90% more than the estimated cost of the project. Of the 430 hectares in Maharashtra, about 100 hectares of land has been acquired so far.
You have to acquire 1000 hectares of land. 40 per cent of the land did not come a year ago. There has been delay in land acquisition in Surat, Navsari. Contracts for civil works have been awarded to 6 stations out of 12. These include the underground station of Mumbai.
The Indian Railways now expects the bullet train project to be fully operational by October 2028, delaying the projected December 2023 deadline by five years.
Thus the project will be completed within 10 years of its commissioning. But this project will happen after 16 years of planning and announcement. Modi had announced in 2013.
The revised time frame has been fixed after consultation with the concerned authorities. Japanese companies are seeing low participation, while tenders have been canceled due to the rates set by the bidders.
India’s first bullet train project is stuck on several fronts. Almost five years late. Maybe even more late than that. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, farmers were not giving up their land. The reason for this was the policy of the government. Work stopped.
In 2016, Modi allowed the Prime Minister of Japan to start the project at the Ahmedabad Sabarmati Railway Station. The foundation stone was laid.
The 508-km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway corridor is being constructed with a 15-year loan from Japan. The system will be built on the lines of Japanese technology. For the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will have to provide a 20-year loan of 80 percent of the ₹1 trillion needed to fund the project. The rest of the cost of the project will be borne by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Now how can this lock be filled? The next bullet train with a speed of 300 kmph will significantly reduce the travel time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Modi can’t show power
The Modi government was keen to start at least a part of the project by August 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. And Railways officially confirms that the original timeline is still in place. As per the feasibility study, the target date for completion of the project is December 2023, said a spokesperson of National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd, the implementing agency, which was set up in 2016 with the participation of equity. There is also the Ministry of Railways and the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Indian Railways is considering another high speed rail network between Delhi and Ahmedabad. The Delhi-Ahmedabad bullet train project will cover a distance of about 886 km and will pass through Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. Recently National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) invited tenders for data collection and related survey work for Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Delhi-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor. The Ahmedabad-Mumbai train is not being repaired. Modi has started telling the dreams of the people of India by launching another project. Which will be distributed to win multiple elections.
NHSRCL, a joint venture between the central government and the participating state governments, is already working on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor project, which will take over the project.