Ahmedabad Metro to Affect 1,047 Sindhi Trader Families in Revdi Bazar

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Aditi Patil

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Published on

January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

Updated on

January 8, 2018

Location of Conflict

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

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People Affected by Conflict

1047

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

90

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Starting Year

2015

State

Gujarat

Sector

Infrastructure

As the construction of the first phase of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project gets underway, the homes and commercial establishments of 1,047 families in Ahmedabad are expected to be affected. A merchant establishment in Revdi Bazar, which has 455 shops and additional 68-odd illegal extensions, is one such market complex to be affected.
The merchants say that nearly 5,000 square metres of their total 10,000-square-metre land would go into the project and associated road deduction. The project involves the acquisition of 89.81 hectares. Of this, 84.65 hectares is government land and 5.16 hectares private. A total of 1,047 properties will be affected, out of which 548 are residential, 351 commercial and 144 residential-cum-commercial. The remaining one is an industrial establishment. About 36 additional structures that are likely to be affected include 11 religious structures.
The Social Impact Assessment study undertaken by Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Limited (now called Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited) offered a Resettlement and Rehabilitation package to rehabilitate the affected individuals at six different locations. Those losing homes would be given 50 square metres of built-up-area at a residential building (if a legal title holder) and 36.5 square metres of built-up-area (if a non-legal title holder) or cash in lieu of house if opted.
However, the traders have demanded that the 60-year-old market be relocated to 10,000 square metres of land at an open mill land nearby. They claim that the Union government had given this plot of land to the Sindhi settlers after Partition and that they have been in the wholesale business for decades and are now on the verge of losing their clientele and livelihoods.
The Revdi Bazaar Traders' Association has sent four reminders to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation about the issue. On January 1, 2018, Naroda MLA Balram Thawani led a delegation of 50 Sindhi community members, including those from Revdi Bazaar, to meet Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
After two years of lull, the construction picked up in March 2021. The first phase is set to roll out in August 2022. The market is yet to be relocated.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

No items found.

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to relocate Revdi Bazar to a nearby open mill land

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

10700

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

2015

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 4 [Preparation of Social Impact Assessment study]; Section 28 [expenses of person compelled to change residence or place of business may be covered by award]
Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978
Section 6 [Power of Metro railway administration to acquire land, street, road, passage or right of easement]; Section 13 [Determination of amount payable as compensation]
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What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Delay in allottment and possession of land/property

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board, Government of Gujarat, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Railways

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Limited, Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Revdi Bazaar Traders' Association, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sindhi Co-operative Society

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