Farmers in Karnataka Allege Discrimination, Demand Higher Compensation for Tumkur Power Project

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Elizabeth Mani

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September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

Updated on

September 17, 2018

Location of Conflict

Kallipalya Hosapalya

Tumkur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Transmission Lines

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People Affected by Conflict

48

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

132

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Starting Year

2014

State

Karnataka

Sector

Power

Farmers in Kallipalya and Hosapalya villages in Tumkur district have been protesting against unfair compensation provided for their land in lieu of construction of a highpower transmission corridor. The project by POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) is the first highpower (765KV) transmission corridor in the state intended for the purpose of electric power transmission. 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 912 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 added 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 GubbiTumkur 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 reportedly beaten up by an official. In 2018, Kumaraiah, a local farmer, filed a petition under Section 19 of the Electricity Act, 2003, read with Section 13 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1985, for a higher rate of compensation. The district court ruled in the petitioner's favour. Following this, the respondent filed an appeal in the Karnataka high court against the district court order in 2019, in which the judge modified the district court order to award a lesser amount of compensation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Refusal to give up land for the project

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2000

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 21 [District Collector is required to publish public notice regarding land to be acquired for affected persons]; Section 26 [Process by which District Collector shall determine the market value of land]; Section 27 [Provision mandating that District Collector is to determine compensation payable after determining market value of land]
Electricity Act, 2003
Section 19 [Provision empowering the Appropriate Commission to revoke licence upon breach of licence conditions or in public interest]; Section 67(3) [Provision such that licencee is to compensate for any damage caused by him]; Section 68 [Executive Magistrate or authority to decide compensation for affected persons for damaged trees]
Indian Telegraph Act, 1885
Section 6 [Power of any railway company to establish telegraph lines on its land]; Section 10 [Authorities mandated to do as little damage as possible when exercising power to place telegraph line, and no additional rights are to be granted in adjoining property to such Authority]; Section 13 [Power of local authority to act on removal or alteration of telegraph line or post]
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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:

Incorrect estimation of compensation

Non-payment of compensation/promised compensation

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Karnataka

Case Number

Writ Petition No.42046/2018 (GM - KEB)

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Physical attack

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

A farmer who refused to cooperate with POWERGRID officials in land acquisition was reportedly beaten up.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Magadi tehsil

Nature of Protest

Refusal of compensation

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Powergrid Corporation of India Limited, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited

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