Farmers in Alwar Protesting Against Govt Decision to De-acquire Land for Industrial Corridor

Reported by

Ashish Gaur

Published on

April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018

Updated on

April 6, 2018

Location of Conflict

Gugalkota, Choubara, Jonaicha Khurd, Shajahanpur and Bawar

Alwar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Infrastructure

Industrial Corridor between Delhi and Mumbai

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People Affected by Conflict

500

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

993

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Starting Year

2018

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Infrastructure

In January 2018, the Rajasthan Government has decided to deacquire 993 hectares of land of five villages in Alwar district, which was earlier acquired for the ambitious DelhiMumbai Industrial Corridor. The move has affected nearly 500 farmers of Gugalkota, Choubara, Jonaicha Khurd and Shajahanpur and Bawar villages. In 2015, the Rajasthan Government had earmarked 1426 hectares of land in 10 villages of Bhiwadi and Neemrana region for the construction of the corridor and also restricted buying and selling of that land. While the farmers were awaiting promised compensation , the authorities decided to deacquire land of the above mentioned five villages. It is alleged that the Government took the decision due to high compensation prices for the land. The move has affected farmers who saw a sharp fall in land prices compared to the earlier promised compensation. According to regional news paper reports, due to restrictions on sale of land during the acquisition process, many villagers were unable to sell the land to meet family emergencies. Many claim that they had borrowed at high rates of interest hoping that they would be able to pay debts after receiving compensation from the Government. They are struggling to pay back money. Villagers had protested against the Government's decision by boycotting the byelections for the Lok Sabha seat held in January 2018. According to news reports, the government had announced to acquire land at an average per hectare cost of Rs 1.91 crore amounting to a total cost of Rs 2,732 crore. According to news reports MLA from Mundawar assembly constituency in Alwar district, Dharampal Choudhary has said that the land prices have fallen by 4050% since the deacquisition was announced.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

No items found.

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Restoration of compensation

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

10000

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

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, Case Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 48: Government must compensate land owners for any damage caused by the notification of land acquisition and proceedings thereunder, in case it chooses to withdraw from the acquisition.
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 24(2): Acquisition proceedings lapse if the award was passed more than 5 years before the 2013 Act, compensation has not been given, and possession of land has not been taken. In such a situation, compensation will be determined as per the provisions of the 2013 Act; Section 25: The Collector must make an award within 12 months of the declaration of land acquisition, else the acquisition proceedings will lapse; Section 26 and 27: Calculation of market rate and determination of compensation amount to be paid.
Prabhat v. State of Rajasthan (Civil Appeal No. 1663 of 2020, Supreme Court)
The Supreme court ordered State of Rajasthan to prepare a fresh award as per the 2013 Act within 2 months and pay compensation within 2 months.
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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

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Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Rajasthan at Jaipur

Case Number

Special Appeal Writ 1060 of 2015 (Raj HC)

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Nature of Protest

Boycott of official procedures/non-participation in official processes

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Rajasthan Government , Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor

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