DLF Residents Demand Completion of Drain Work, Landowners Refuse GMDA's Price

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Sarfaraz HamidLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 13, 2021

Location of Conflict

Gurugram

Gurugram

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Water Management

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

0

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Starting Year

2018

State

Haryana

Sector

Infrastructure

Residents of DLF Phase IV organized a protest outside the mini secretariat in Gurugram city on July 19, 2018, demanding the completion of a drainage network in Chakkarpur village where they reside.

The residents have been facing waterlogging problem since 2016. The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had promised to build a stormwater drain, but the work is still pending due to a delay in land acquisition. Meanwhile, their living condition has deteriorated as the area gets waterlogged even after brief rainfall. The residents have demanded that the project be completed urgently. They have met the subdivisional magistrate of the area and have submitted a memorandum. In the meantime, the matter remains sub judice.

Another party to the conflict is the landowners. Three years ago, in 2015, the MCG had identified an area to build the stormwater drain. One of the plots of land in the area belonged to a private party, who took the matter to court after the MCG issued a notice. The court dismissed the notice by saying that the law under which land was being acquired did not apply in the case.

The landowners of the plots have refused to accept the land price fixed by the Gurugram Municipal Development Authority as they believe it is too low compared to the market rate.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Demand for stormwater drain

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2

Type of investment:

Investment Expected

Year of Estimation

2018

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Other, Case Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994

    Section 162: The commissioner may request the government to acquire land if it is required for the purposes of the Act; Section 163: The government shall acquire the land under the provisions of the 1894 Act whenever a request is made under S. 162; Section 207(1): The Commissioner may place and maintain lines of pipes or drains under, along, or across any immovable property within or outside the limits of the Municipal area; proviso to Section 207(1): The corporation can only acquire the right of a user in the property under which pipes or drains are being placed; Section 207(3): Commissioner shall cause as little damage to the property as possible and they must pay full compensation in case any damage is caused.

  2. Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013

    Section 24(2): Land acquisition proceedings initiated under the 1894 Act will lapse if the award was made more than 5 years before the 2013 Act, physical possession of the land has not been taken, and compensation has not been paid.

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:

Controversial land acquisition by the government , Violation of LARR Act, Incorrect estimation of compensation, Use of old/outdated laws

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Supreme Court of India; Punjab and Haryana High Court; Civil Judge Sr. Division Gurugram

Case Number

Diary No. 23636/2015; CWP 4789/199

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Objections as part of official procedures , Refusal of compensation, Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Haryana Urban Development Authority, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram

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?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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