AP Farmers Unhappy About Land Acquisition for Vijaywada Airport Expansion, Demand Resettlement

Reported by

Rahul Maganti

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Published on

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Updated on

October 20, 2016

Location of Conflict

Gannavaram

Krishna

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Airport

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People Affected by Conflict

336

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

187

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Starting Year

2016

State

Andhra Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

With the capital city for Andhra Pradesh being developed around Vijayawada, the existing airport was sought to be expanded. The expansion project for Vijayawada airport included runway expansion and construction of new terminal buildings as per the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the state government. While initial surveys indicated that 491.92 acres of land were needed to be acquired for the runway expansion, the government ordered the land pooling scheme for the remaining 687 acres as per the environment clearance report. However, the government later decided to take over nearly 1,230 acres of land under the land pooling scheme. Alongside, the AAI sought to obtain environmental clearance for the expansion of Runway 26, which required the diversion of water from the Eluru canal. The Terms of Reference (TOR) was granted for 148 acres, but eventually the environmental clearance was granted for 698 acres. After the TOR noted that the Eluru canal cuts through the expansion site, the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report, on which the environment clearance was based, noted that the Eluru canal will not be diverted during the phase of runway expansion. The EIA report also stated that the work does not involve any major displacement of people. In relation to the acquisition proceedings themselves, people have protested at every step and delayed the works to get their demands met. The farmers are unhappy that the government had not taken their views into consideration when it decided to acquire land under the land pooling scheme and not the LARR, 2013, and that clearances were being obtained without prior hearing. They demanded that the matter be settled on priority. In January 2019, the farmers complained that their plots, which are far away from the project site, had also been damaged. In August, farmers who had given about 830 acres of land were still awaiting their annuity payments promised to them under the Land Pooling Scheme. They also demanded that the plots allotted to them be developed with necessary infrastructure, as promised while acquiring their lands, and handed over to them at the earliest.  The runway works are almost complete, and the other works have reached a final stage. But we still dont know when we will get the plots. The government should start developing the plots that have been registered in our names and hand them over to us, the farmers said.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Demand for promised compensation

Demand for promised land

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Against giving their land under Land Pooling Scheme

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

150

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

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

Legislations/Policies Involved

Andhra Pradesh Metropolitan Region and Urban Development Authorities Act, 2016
Section 26 (definition of a Land Pooling Scheme), Section 19(e) [scheme must contain details of reconstituted plots], Section 22(5)(a) [development scheme may contain proposal for reconstituted plots]
Andhra Pradesh Capital City Land Pooling Scheme (Formulation and Implementation) Rules, 2015
Rule 5 and Schedule 1 [Authority may develop land pooling scheme in accordance with Section 43 notification, as per process in Schedule I]
Airports Authority of India Act, 1994
Section 19 [Land deemed to be necessary for AAI's functions may be acquired under Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and deemed to be for public purpose]
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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:

No items found.

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)

High Court of Andhra Pradesh

Case Number

Writ Petition No. 21679/2020

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Andhra Pradesh

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Airports Authority of India

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:

YSR Congress Party, Indian National Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India

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