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Modi govt's ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project gets entangled in political and diplomatic deadlocks
The Modi government's ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project has got entangled in political and diplomatic deadlocks which have put the project in jeopardy.

Where on one side some organizations in Gujarat are mobilising farmers against giving land for the project in the name of demanding more compensation, on the other, in Maharashtra, MNS has directly opposed the project. Furthermore, India's new forged friendship with China has irked Japan, which has been showing reluctance in fulfilling many international agreements with India.

Some diplomatic issues are also stopping its speed including nuclear deal between India and Japan for peaceful purposes. According to sources, the agreement was to be implemented from July 2017, for transfer of peaceful nuclear technology from Japan to India.

But the proposal has not been approved by the Japanese Parliament (National 'Diet' of Japan) yet. This stance of Japan is due to India's growing diplomatic proximities with China. That is why India too is avoiding showing zeal for Japanese projects here.

In such a situation, apprehensions about the completion of the project have begun. The foundation stone of this first high-speed rail project with Japan has been laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September last year.

For this dream project of the Modi government costing approximately Rs 1.08 lakh crore, Japan has extended a loan to India of Rs 88,000 crore at a negligible interest rate.

The majority of the 508 km long high-speed rail corridor will be elevated, while very few parts will pass through a tunnel within the ground and in the ocean.

The main obstacle in the project, however, is construction of the elevated part as pillars are to be raised on the ground for this. It requires about 1400 hectares of land.

The project will be spread across 850 hectares of land in Gujarat and Maharashtra's rural and tribal areas. Due to unprecedented movements and protests by land owning farmers only 0.9 hectares of land has been acquired so far.

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