Friday, February 22, 2013

HC quashes plan to change alignment of railway tracks

The Gujarat high court on Friday cancelled the notification to lay down railway tracks as per the changed plan between Sabarmati and Pansar village for building Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

A bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice Pardiwala also quashed the process initiated to acquire farmers' land after the competent officer rejected objections raised against diversion of alignment to lay down the tracks.

Besides, the bench asked the officials to hear the farmers afresh and record their objection in this regard within four weeks and decide again on the issue. The direction was issued on a PIL filed last year by Railway Corridor Virodh Kisan Sangh through advocate Vikram Thakor. The farmers are against any change in plan by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Ltd (DFCCIL).

DFC was to be set up parallel to the Mumbai-Delhi railway track that passes through Sabarmati and Mehsana as part of the Centre's Golden Quadrilateral Project. However, there was some change in the scheme and the alignment was changed from Pansar village in Mehsana, which was likely to affect farmers of 26 villages in Kalol, Kadi and Sanand blocks.

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