This report has been prepared by a coalition of organizations resisting the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (bullet train) project. The objective of this report is to point out why the bullet train project must be rolled back on the grounds of economic viability, environmental impact and constitutional democratic rights. The idea to bring out a people’s critique of the project came up in April this year in a meeting of several civil society organizations. These organizations namely Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, Gujarat Khedut Samaj, Kashtakari Sangathana, Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha, National Alliance of People’s Movements and Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti have been resisting the bullet train in the different parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere.
This report presents only a basic overview of fronts of resistance. This can be updated and enriched with further inputs from experts, social organizations and experiences of local resistance. We hope that the report would assist and arm the ongoing struggle against the bullet train in India.
We acknowledge the contributions by Soumya Dutta (Beyond Copenhagen Collective), Nishant (IDS & IIT Delhi), Krishnakant (Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti) and Rishit (NAPM Delhi) in preparing of this report. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the support of Ulka Mahajan, Brian Lobo, Rajendra Ravi, Anand Mazgaonkar, Madhuresh Kumar, Amit Kumar and others.
June 2018, New Delhi