Raipur Municipal Corporation Demolishes 44 Houses for Road Widening Project in Chhattisgarh

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Asha VermaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 4, 2021

Location of Conflict

Amanaka

Raipur

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

211

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

ha

Starting Year

2017

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Infrastructure

In February 2017, the Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) demolished 44 houses in Amanaka, Raipur City, for allegedly encroaching upon government land. According to a news report, the RMC undertook the demolition drive as part of a roadwidening project from Amanaka to the Telghani toll. The project is in collaboration with the Public Works Department to widen the roads and construct flyovers for managing traffic in the city. These antiencroachment drives are most likely to affect the informal workers and the urban poor residing along the roads. Following the demolition, the affected residents claimed that the administration razed their houses with a mere 24 hours notice, which they said was too short a time to collect their belongings. They also accused the administration of not providing them with alternative housing arrangements or compensation and reportedly sat in protest and planned to meet with the local MLA to raise their concerns.  The RMC deputy commissioner told the media that the administration conducted the operation under the supervision of a subdivisional officer and zone commissioner. He also informed that the administration had given prior notices to the families to evacuate their homes. The same article also reported that the affected families were shifted to the BUSP building in Sarona.  In response, the RMC Zone 7 commissioner clarified that the houses were illegal constructions on government land and the residents were, therefore, ineligible for compensation or resettlement. According to a news report, the administration had made several attempts in the past to demolish these households.  At the time when the conflict was reported, there was an ongoing investigation into the demolition. However, since then, there have been no updates on the state of the affected families or their compensation/rehabilitation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for compensation, Demand for rehabilitation

Opposition to demolition of households on short notice

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

7

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Constitutional Law, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971

    Section 4 [Requires the Estate Officer to issue a show-cause notice against the proposed eviction]; Section 5 [An order of eviction shall only be made after an opportunity has been given to the unauthorised occupant to show cause after a personal hearing]

  2. Constitution of India, 1950

    Article 21 [Right to life is violated due to dispossession of land and residence]

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:

Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land, Non-rehabilitation of displaced people, Violation of free prior informed consent

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Displacement

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

In February 2017, the Raipur Municipal Corporation demolished 44 houses in Amanaka, Raipur City, for allegedly encroaching upon government land. The affected residents claimed that the administration razed their houses with a mere 24 hours’ notice, which they said was too short a time to collect their belongings.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Amanaka, Raipur City

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Public Works Department, Raipur Municipal Corporation

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

No

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

N/A

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Documented By

Asha Verma

Reviewed By

Asha Verma

Updated By

Asha Verma

Edited By

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