Aruna Irrigation Dam in Maharashtra To Submerge Villages, People Demand Rehabilitation, Compensation

Reported by

Nupur Sonar

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Published on

June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019

Updated on

June 17, 2019

Location of Conflict

Bhom

Akhavne and Nagabwadi villages

Sindhudurg

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

1050

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

714

ha

Starting Year

2018

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

Aruna Dam, a mediumirrigation project in Sindhudurg district, will reportedly submerge three villages in Vaibhavwadi tehsil Bhom, Akhavne and Nagapwadi. Tanaji Kamble, a projectaffected person (PAP), filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay high court in April 2019 alleging corruption in the construction of the dam and seeking rehabilitation on behalf of the PAPs of the three villages. According to media reports, the PIL states that the amount given towards compensation is insufficient to build tenements in the new premises and urges the state to establish a new settlement for the PAPs. The PIL also alleges that the state has issued tenders from time to time for irrigation and rehabilitation of the PAPs but that the work has not been completed within the stipulated time, with the ulterior motive of raising the cost of the project to the current INR 1,689 crore. However, officials involved in the project have refuted these claims. Work on the dam began only after all the required permissions were sought and the PAPs were rehabilitated, they stated in response to the PIL. The officials said that the PAPs were provided temporary huts with tin roofs in their villages in December 2018, which they could occupy until the end of May and that they refused to do so. Sunil Nagap, another PAP, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court alleging lack of rehabilitation and that landowners were not issued notices for land acquisition. Both Kamble's and Nagap's petitions are currently being heard. The Aruna Dam has a capacity of 93.4 cubic metres and will irrigate 5,310 hectares of land in Vaibhavwadi. The project was granted administrative approval in 1995 at an estimated cost of INR 54 crore at the 199394 pricelevels. The dam was scheduled for completion in 2000, but construction work started only in 2006.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Demand for compensation

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1689.5

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, Central/State Government Policy

Legislations/Policies Involved

Maharashtra Project Affected Persons Rehabilitation Act, 1999
Section 10(3) [The state government shall provide civic amenities in the locality established for the purpose of rehabilitation of affected persons]
Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 6 [When any land is required for public purpose, the collector shall publish a notification in the Official Gazette and cause public notice of the substance of the notification to be given at a convenient place in the locality]
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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-rehabilitation of displaced people

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Bombay

Case Number

W.P(Civil) No. 16550 of 2019; P.I.L No. 60 of 2019

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation

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