Affected Families Demand Jobs, Compensation from Eastern Coalfields Limited for Mining Project

Reported by

Mitali Biswas

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Published on

October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

Updated on

October 4, 2016

Location of Conflict

Sonepur and Bazari villages

Paschim Bardhaman

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Coal Mining

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People Affected by Conflict

6480

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

2405

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Starting Year

2011

State

West Bengal

Sector

Mining

An INR 250-crore coal excavation project called Sonepur Bazari Open Cast Mine of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) was approved by the state in 1995. The project gets its name from Sonepur and Bazari villages in the Pandaveswar block. For the first phase of this project, ECL acquired land from the residents of five villages but did not provide the rehabilitation package it had promised and shifted the villagers to an area where they could not meet even their basic needs. At least 3,669 families were to be rehabilitated. According to the ECL website, the rehabilitation of families from Bhaluka, Kuchberia, Basakdanga, Bandghat, Arsola and Sonepur started in 2014. However, rehabilitation of over 2,000 families from Bhatmura, Bazari, Madhudanga, Nabagram and Shankarpur villages is still pending and is expected to be completed in eight to 10 years. For the second phase of the project, ECL plans to acquire land from 3,665 families in Ruidaspara, Hansdiha, Punjabidanga and Bheladanga villages. More than 10,000 people are likely to be displaced. On October 3, 2016, members of 15 families who have not got compensation and jobs in accordance with their demand sat on hunger strike in front of the office of the general manager of Eastern Coalfields Limited in Pandaveswar. The ECL authorities have reportedly said that the families could not be issued offer letters due to some technical difficulties. As per the latest update, Villagers held a protest in front of ECL Area Office in Sonpur Bazari in July 2020. Their complaint is that they have not yet been properly rehabilitated. They are not getting Water and electricity. They have also not received the paperwork for their rehabilitation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Demand for promised compensation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

250

Type of 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

Legislations/Policies Involved

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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:

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

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL

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