Japan stops funding for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train

New Delhi, Sep 25: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has stopped releasing funds for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. 

The key sponsor came up with the decision due to farmer’ issues whose land is being acquired for the project.

The JICA has reportedly asked the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government to resolve farmer’s issues.

According to media reports, some of Gujarat farmers also wrote a letter to Japan’s Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu and Chief Representative of JICA India Office, Katsuo Matsumoto, seeking intervention from the agency.

The farmers have also filed affidavits in Gujarat High Court against land acquisition by the state government for Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project.

In an affidavit, the farmer stated their land parcels are being acquired without their consent and without any rehabilitation or resettlement package.

They have also alleged that the acquisition process is being done completely in violation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Earlier last week, Farmers’ lawyer Anand Yagnik had told media “The Centre hasn’t submitted a reply to petitions since 3 months and state govt is carrying out acquisitions”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the Bullet Train project in September last year.


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