54,000 mangroves will be cut for a bullet train project

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Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said on Monday that 54,000 mangroves will be cut by the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, PTI reported. Responding to a question by Shiv Sena legislator Manisha Kayande, the minister said the Maharashtra government has proposed to plant five mangroves for each one that is cut for the project. 

The minister said that in Thane district, 84.81 hectares of land belonging to 6,589 farmers have been acquired by the government. Raote conceded that 3,498 people in Palghar will be affected by the bullet train project.

The project has faced stiff opposition from farmers and land owners in both Gujarat and Maharashtra.

We need the cutting of trees for "Development" purposes to stop. We need to save the enviroment and have our ecosystem intact. Not bullet trains helping rich merchants. We don't want new trees to be planted or remunerations given to the people affected by it. The ministry needs to stop the destruction and either find an alternative road that does not affect the ecosystem and the people directly or just simply stop the project.

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