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PM okays diversion of forest land for bullet train

The overall progress of the acquisition work was reported at 51% in Maharashtra and 58% in Gujarat. Mr. Modi was appraised of the pending FRA certificates yet to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change by both the States.

“We have asked the collectors to submit the FRA certificates and maps of the alternate alignments for the private land. The final approval will not be given until the loopholes are fully plugged,” senior officials said.

Earlier this month, a joint meeting of farmers from the two States was held in Surat to oppose the land acquisition proceedings in the project.

Activists said the potential loss of green cover could further aggravate the issue, especially in Maharashtra’s Palghar district where geotechnical investigations, hydrological survey and utility mapping are all being halted on a 90 km alignment due to the protests.

About 312 villages in Gujarat and Maharashtra will have to give up land while a total of 7,974 plots belonging to the Forest Department and Railways will have to be acquired for the project.

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