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

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Nupur SonarLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 27, 2021

Location of Conflict


Akhavne and Nagabwadi villages


Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam



People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)



Starting Year






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

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Type of Land


Type of Common Land

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Type of investment:

Revised Investment

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Central/State Government Policy

Legislations/Policies Involved

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

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation

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Nupur Sonar

Reviewed By

Nupur Sonar

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Nupur Sonar

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