Protests Against Land Acquisition for Arjun Sahayak irrigation Project in Mahoba

Reported by

Pushpendra Singh

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June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017

Updated on

June 11, 2017

Location of Conflict

Jhir Saheva

Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur

Mahoba

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

10000

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1729

ha

Starting Year

2009

State

Uttar Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

Bundelkhand's ambitious Arjun Sahayak Irrigation project has been surrounded by controversies since the project commenced in 2009. The work was stopped by the farmers of Mahoba district, who protested against nonpayment of compensation for the fields coming under the submergence area of the project. Even after multiple visits to the irrigation department, the farmers couldn't get a relief. The Project, with an revised investment over INR 2000 crores is going to affect more than 100 villages in Banda, Mahoba, and Hamirpur districts of Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand region. The Central government is supposed to bear 90 percent of the project cost and the state was to take care of the remaining 10 percent. So far 223 farmers' lands have been acquired with mutual consent. For the farmers whose fields will be submerged under the project, the government had decided compensation as per the circle rate agreed by the district level committee. So far, 300 farmers have received compensation as per the circle rate and about 10,000 farmers are still awaiting compensation. Pankaj Singh Parihar, resident of village Gugaura, which is affected by the project, and Gulab Singh Rajput of village Jujhar say that the government is taking the land without the consent of the farmers, the result of which has been that so far 3 people have committed suicide, including the selfimmolation by a farmer. He says that 1543 hectares of land is yet to be purchased. Mahoba District Collector Anuj Kumar Jha says that the land is being taken with mutual consent from the farmers and farmers are being given compensation of Rs 12 to 13 lakh per hectare. The farmers have decided not to let the dam work take place until compensation is settled. In March 2018, the state government provided its 10 percent share to the project by sanctioning 161 crores. It was reported in 2019 that land is being purchased for project and 90% of the work is completed. The project is expected to finish by 2020.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land), Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2593

Type of investment:

Revised Investment

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 23 (Enquiry and land acquisition award by Collector based on the compensation determined under Section 27); Section 25 (Award by Collector must be made within 12 months from date of publication of declaration); Section 26 (Criteria for assessment and determination of market value of land by Collector); Section 27 (Determination of amount of compensation; Section 28 (Parameters to be considered by Collector in determination of award); Section 77 (Payment of compensation or deposit of same in Authority).
Uttar Pradesh Land Acquisition Policy, 2011
Para 3(ii) (The compensation package shall be determined by mutual agreement between developer and the land owner at the village itself and the Collector of the District shall act as a facilitator)
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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-payment of compensation/promised compensation

Violation of free prior informed consent

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Strikes

Self-immolation

Land occupation

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Irrigation & Water Resources Department, UP Government.

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