Farmers Demand Compensation for Land Acquired for Dravyavati River Rejuvenation Project

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Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 29, 2021

Location of Conflict

Goner, Vimalpura, Bijani and Ramchandrapura

Jaipur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Water Management

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People Affected by Conflict

400

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

152

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Starting Year

2016

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Infrastructure

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/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation, Demand for better access to common land/resources

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1676

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Environmental Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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

Legal Status:

In Court

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

Case Number

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

Protests/marches

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

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Documented By

Ashish Gaur

Reviewed By

Ashish Gaur

Updated By

Ashish Gaur

Edited By

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