Government issues land acquisition notice amid protests over the Amravati Metro rail project

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Rahul Maganti

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Published on

January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

Updated on

January 27, 2017

Location of Conflict

Vijayawada

Krishna

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

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People Affected by Conflict

370

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

30

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Andhra Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2016, the government of Andhra Pradesh proposed the Amravati metro rail project. The metro project would need 31 hectares of land which would include government land of 1.5 hectares and private land of 29.44 hectares. At least 77 families are likely to be affected by the project. The cost of acquisition is estimated to be 750 crores and resettlement and rehabilitation cost is expected at Rs. 46.73 crore.

However, the Farmers of Nidamanuru and building owners at Karl Marx Road (Eluru Road) have opposed the land acquisition. Farmers say that they dont want to lose their lands for the Metro Rail Project. The residents also question the need for the project. They are unhappy because the government compensation will offer them only onefourth of the market rate for their land. The villagers from Poranki, Kanuru, Bandar Road and Eluru Road requested officials not to acquire land in their villages during the gramsabha meeting. Nonetheless, the government went ahead with the acquisition.

However, with the change in the government in 2019, the project has been redesigned to bring down the cost. In a meeting with officials in September 2019, Chief Minister YS Reddy suggested to take over the land on lease. Finalising on this, the government has released Rs 187.40 crore of lease amount to the farmers of Amravati.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

7000

Type of investment:

Investment Expected

Year of Estimation

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

Land Acquisition Laws, Central/State Government Policy, Procedural Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 4 [Social Impact Assessment to be conducted for which the Panchayat, Municipality of Municipal Corporation has to be consulted]; Section 28 [Parameters to be considered by Collector in determination of award]; Section 105(3) [Determination of compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement as per different schedules]; Section 26 [Criteria to be adopted by collector while assessing and determining the market value of land]; Section 69(2) [Authority to provide in addition to the compensation an award amount calculated at the rate of 12% per annum on the market value of the land]; Section 30(3) [In addition to the market value, an award amount calculated at the rate of 12% per annum on the market value of the land]
Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978
Section 6 [The Metro Railway Administration shall apply to Central Government for the acquisition of land]; Section 11 [The Competent authority has the power to take possession of acquired land form the person in possession of it by serving a notice to surrender the land]; Section 13 [This provision stipulates the criteria for determining the amount of compensation]
Mineral (Auction) Rules, 2015
Section 6 (a) & (d) [The Metro Railway administration has the power to acquire, hold and dispose land as well as execute lease or grant license with respect to the particular piece of land]
Andhra Pradesh Municipal Tramways (Construction, Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2008
Section 17 (a) [Power of tramway operator to construct upon, across, over or under any land]
Indian Tramways Act, 1886
Section 7 (2) (b) [A government order may include the acquisition of land by the promoter for the purpose of the tramway]; Section 7 (3) [The government may in its order direct that land may be acquired for the promoter];
Metro Rail Policy, 2017
Para D. ii. a. [A comprehensive approach should be taken while planning the land use and infrastructure construction and it must take into account the interaction between land use, traffic and transport]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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:

Non-implementation/violation of LARR Act

Controversial land acquisition by the government

Incorrect estimation of compensation

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Yes

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Andhra Pradesh High Court

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Displacement

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Artistic and creative actions (theatre, murals, art, music etc)

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Amravati Metro Rail Corporation Ltd

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