Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor design to be tweaked
The design and alignment of the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad highspeed corridor will be tweaked after the Maharashtra government’s refused to spare land at Bandra-Kurla Complex to build the originating station, according to railway sources.
The government owns 28 hectares in BKC. Although the railways need 4.5 hectares underground and .9 hectares on surface level, the state has expressed reservations on grounds that it could affect their plan to build an international financial services centre at the complex.
The government has suggested the station be moved to an alternative location at Bandra Reclamation. “We suggested the railway officials a few plots in the city, including one near Bandra station. They were supposed check their feasibility. We are awaiting their reply. We will not be able to develop IFSC if the station comes up on BKC land. The CM will take a decision if the railway department insists on BKC land,” said a top official.
The Supreme Court came down heavily on Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday for filing scores of defamation cases against activists and political opponents, saying the AIADMK chief was using the law to settle personal scores.
The top court observed Tamil Nadu was the only state that used the government machinery to fight defamation cases after a petition alleged the Jayalalithaa administration was misusing the law. “You can’t slap defamation cases on people for reporting on the chief minister’s health condition,” the apex court said. “As a public figure, you (Jayalalithaa) must face criticism. You fight on a personal level.”
In the last five years, Tamil Nadu has filed 213 defamation cases against political opponents and media houses for “derogatory statements” against Jayalalithaa. Reporting on the CM’s vacations, criticising her government for water scarcity or not fulfilling poll promises have all been termed derogatory. This is the second time in two months that the SC has criticised the state government for the flurry of defamation cases.