The Dravyavati River, which flows through Jaipur in Rajasthan, originates in Jaisalya village in the Aravalli hills and finally joins the Dhund river. Over the years, the quality of the river has deteriorated due to pollution, dumping of garbage and debris. In 2015, the Rajasthan government proposed a project to improve the quality of the river. The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has roped in the Tata Group and the Shanghai Urban Construction Group to complete the project and to maintain the river for 10 years after its completion. The project cost has been estimated at Rs. 1,676 crore. In 2016, the Rajasthan government laid the foundation stone to rejuvenate the river. The government acquired around 200 bighas (80 acres) of land from 60 families in Goner village. Farmers living in villages on the riverside allege that the government authorities did not compensate for the 600 bighas of private land acqired for the project. In June 2017, people who were asked to give up their land had staged a protest outside the JDA headquarters, opposing the project, which commenced nonetheless. According to JDA, the project is over 80% completed. In January 2019, farmers on either side of the river demanded that they should be allowed to withdraw water from the river as the project had led to the destruction of several check dams they had created. In 2020, a survey found that the project allegedly fails to serve its purpose as "cementing has prevented natural recharge resulting in fast depletion of watertable along the river." The Rajasthan High Court is hearing a petition on the matter, including whether parcels of land on the river embankment are government land or private land.
Demand for promised compensation, Demand for better access to common land/resources
Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws, Environmental Laws
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, Controversial land acquisition by the government , Violation of environmental laws
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
Name of the adjudicatory body
Name(s) of the Court(s)
Rajasthan High Court
DB CWP(PIL) 9497/2007
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
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Rajasthan government, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA)
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:
TATA Group , Shanghai Urban Construction Group
Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict: