No trees will be chopped. There will be no threat of flooding in parts of Navi Mumbai too.
Mumbai: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor, also known as Bullet Train project will affect 54,000 mangroves spread over 13.36 hectares, state transport minister Diwakar Raote said on Monday.
“No trees will be chopped. There will be no threat of flooding in parts of Navi Mumbai too. There will not be much damage to the environment as the pillars ( relating to the project) will be at a height,” he assured the House.
While replying to a question raised by Shiv Sena legislator Maneesha Kayande, Mr. Raote stated that as part of the compensatory plantation, the state government has proposed to plant five plants for every tree that will be cut for the multi-billion dollar project.
“As per my information, farmers are keen on handing over their land for appropriate remuneration,” Mr Raote said. “In Palghar district, which has witnessed opposition from farmers over land-acquisition, around 188 hectares of private land will be acquired, affecting 3,498 people. Only 2.95 hectares has been purchased as per the ‘private negotiation’ policy of the state government till now,” he added.
“In Thane district, 84.81 hectares has been acquired of which 2.95 hectares has been purchased as per the private negotiation policy,” the minister said.