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

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kallipalya Hosapalya


Reason or Cause of Conflict

Transmission Lines



People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)



Starting Year






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.

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

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Type of Land


Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Physical attack

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Reported Details of the Violation:

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

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Refusal of compensation

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited

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Elizabeth Mani

Reviewed By

Elizabeth Mani

Updated By

Elizabeth Mani

Edited By

Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

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