The proposed high-speed rail line cuts right through South Gujarat’s prosperous Agri Export Zone, and farmers are not happy.
Officials from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited – the public-private joint venture in charge of the project – claim the bullet train will affect 5,000 to 6,000 people along the corridor. Landowners claim the human impact is likely to be much higher.
According to the corporation’s official figures, the project will require the uprooting of 80,487 trees in all, of which 26,980 are fruit trees. Farmers in Gujarat’s green belt believe this is an extremely conservative estimate.