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The Gujarat government in laxt week has formed a committee of three senior ministers for the speedy disposal of farmers’ issues related to the acquisition of land for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail (Bullet Train) and Ahmedabad-Mumbai expressway projects in the state.
The three member committee will now look into the matter related to land acquisition issues and make recommendations. The members include Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel and Forest and Environment Minister Ganpat Vasava.
Commenting on formation of new committee, Ganpat Vasava, Forest and Environment Minister, said:
A committee of three ministers has been formed for the speedy disposal of land issues related to the bullet train and express highway… A team has been formed which consists of three senior ministers, the chief secretary and the revenue secretary. The committee has been working in the direction of farmers getting appropriate compensation in the land acquisition process for bullet train and express highway projects in Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Valsad (districts). In the coming days, the state government will complete the land acquisition process expeditiously.
Vasava said that the Farmers of South Gujarat are with the development of the country… being done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani). It is also necessary that farmers get appropriate and affordable rates for land and therefore, the committee has been formed to remove discrepancies in the jantri (ready reckoner of land prices in different parts of the state). The committee will study the jantri rates and make suggestions that will ensure that the farmers get satisfactory rates and are happy.
He further said that the committee heard representatives of farmers over the issue on Wednesday and will submit its report to the state government soon. The meeting was also attended by BJP MLAs from South Gujarat viz. Naresh Patel, Mukesh Patel and Piyush Desai, along with Navsari MP and Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil.
This article first appeared on www.urbantransportnews.com
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