Landowners Await Compensation for Coimbatore Airport Project Since World War-2

Reported by

Sundara Babu Nagappan

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Published on

October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016

Updated on

October 11, 2016

Location of Conflict

Singanallur

Coimbatore

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Airport

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People Affected by Conflict

25691

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

254

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Starting Year

2012

State

Tamil Nadu

Sector

Infrastructure

In early 2012, the Airports Authority of India announced its plan to expand the Coimbatore International Airport in order to increase its capacity. The state government sought to acquire 627 acres of land spread across seven blocks in Irugur Panchayat and surrounding areas for the same. Since the announcement of the project, people in the area have protested against the project for several reasons. Initially, the landowners argued that the compensation that was offered to them was insufficient and demanded that it should be revised. Another issue was cited by landowners in Block one. In the year 1939, the British government had taken over 60.95 acres of land close to the runway of the airport for defence purposes in view of the second world war. In 1942, the Government had signed an agreement with the land owners which said that the land will be handed over six months after the end of the war. However, the lands were not handed over to the owners as per the agreement. The lands, instead, came under the control of the Director General of Civil Aviation in 1947. The residents of this block had moved the Madras High Court after the AAI stopped disbursing the lease amount after they were notified that the same would be acquired for the airport expansion project. They challenged the failure to disburse the lease amount and also challenged land acquisition. On August 19, 2020, the High Court ordered that the state must pay the due lease amount and a certain amount of interest in addition to that, following which the landowners must give up their title deeds. The Court further stated that the State and Central Governments could go ahead with the project after paying the compensation. In November 2020, a report stated that the payment of compensation would be delayed by another year due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for payment of unpaid lease rent from time of acquisition notification (the land had been leased out to the Government in the 1940s).

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):

5000

Type of investment:

Investment Expected

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, Procedural Laws, Constitutional Law

Legislations/Policies Involved

Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997
Section 3(1) [Power to acquire land for any industrial purpose by publishing a notice in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette]; Section 3(2) [Before publishing notice, call owners to show cause why the land should not be acquired and issue a public notice]; Section 3(3) [Power to pass order under Section 3(1) after hearing the cause]; Section 6 [Right to receive amount]; Section 7 [Determination of amount]; Section 12 [Payment of interest]; Section 21 [Land Acquisition Act not to apply].
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2014
Section 105-A [Provisions of this Act not to apply to the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997]
Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997
Rule 3 [Issue of show cause notice by the Government]; Rule 10 [Determination of amount by agreement]; Rule 11 [Proceedings of the Collector determining the amount].
Airports Authority of India Act, 1994
Section 19 [Compulsory acquisition of land for the Authority]
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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

Incorrect estimation of compensation

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Constitutional inconsistencies between state and Union land laws

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Madras High Court

Case Number

W.P. Nos. 2116 of 2017 Batch

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

No items found.

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Tamil Nadu, Airport Authority of India

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Vivasayigal Vazhvurimai Pathukappu Iyakkam, , Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Coimbatore (ICCIC)

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