POWERGRID Silent on Compensation for Tumkur Power Project, Karnataka Farmers Allege Discrimination

Reported by

Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kallipalya Hosapalya

,

Tumkur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Transmission Lines

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)

People Affected by Conflict

288

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

20

ha

State

Karnataka

Sector

Power

Farmers in Kallipalya and Hosapalya villages in Tumkur district have been protesting against the biased compensation for their land for a high-power transmission corridor. The project by POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) is the first high-power (765KV) transmission corridor connecting Karnataka. Speaking to LCW, Anand Patil, district president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, said, "Farmers in Tumkur are being cheated by POWERGRID. On an average, the government pays INR 5.25 lakh per acre as compensation for land acquisition in Chikkaballapur, INR 9-12 lakh per acre in Doddaballapur and INR 15 lakh per acre in Devanahalli. But the Corporation has offered only INR 2 lakh per acre to farmers in Tumkur for acquiring their land." He adds that the farmers have approached the district administration several times, but there has been no response to their demands. POWERGRID had acquired the land of 48 farmers in Kallipalya and Hosapalya villages on the Gubbi-Tumkur border for its project in 2014. It is yet to pay them compensation. In September 2018, a farmer in Magadi tehsil, who refused to give up his land till he got compensation, was beaten up by an officer from the POWERGRID Corporation.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2000

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

20

ha

Starting Year

2014

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation, Demand for more compensation than promised, Refusal to give up land for the project, Complaint against procedural violations

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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