Mumbai: Railway firm to hold ‘chai pe charcha’ with bullet train Project-affected persons to solve issues

Mumbai: The National High Speed Rail Corporation, which is building a bullet train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, will hold what the company called “chai pe charcha” with project-affected persons to solve issues.The National High Speed Rail Corporation, which is building a bullet train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, will hold what the company called “chai pe charcha” with project-affected persons to solve issues.

The “chai pe charcha”, literally conversations over tea, was a concept started by the BJP as a campaign tool in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. NHSRCL officials said that they plan to start these round of talks with PAPs in May.“We want cordial relations with and support from the people who will be affected by this gigantic project,” said Dhananjay Kumar, spokesperson of the NHSRCL.

He said that these talks were meant to sensitise the people about the project, and in turn, make land acquisition for the project easier for the firm and acceptable to the PAPs. Kumar admitted that officials had failed to properly communicate with farmers and villagers.

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