Some 2,000 farmers in Kunigal and Arkere tehsils in Tumkur district in Karnataka are awaiting compensation for their land acquired for the Hemavathy Left Bank Canal under the Hemavathy reservoir project. They claim that the government had acquired their land seven years ago. The project, under construction, is being developed by Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited. Once completed, it will provide water for drinking and irrigation to the people in Tipturu, Turvekere, Gubbi, Chikkanayakanahalli and Kunigal tehsils in the district. The project has many phases, such as the Hemavathy Right Bank Canal, Hemavathy Left Bank Canal and Hemavathy Right Bank HighLevel Canal. Ramanna S., a farmer from Kadamathikere village, said, "We agreed to give up our land only because the project would provide us water and because we were promised compensation." In the past seven years, the farmers have protested several times against the delay in receiving compensation, with the support of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, a farmers' body, but has not got any response from the state. Veeresh Gowda from Hemavati Mattu Yagachi Mulugade Nirashritara Sangha said more than 2,000 applications have been pending with the district administration for several years. In 2019, a committee that probed into the grant for those who lost land to the Hemavati Reservoir Project unearthed many irregularities in the process. Hundreds of applicants reportedly got land by submitting fake records; signature of the land acquisition officer was forged; and in some cases, the governments directions were ignored. Following the allegation, the district administration formed a committee to probe into the report.
Demand for promised compensation
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws, Constitutional Law
Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Sections 28(A) [Re-determination of the amount of compensation on the basis of the award of the court]; Section 6(1) [Declaration that land is required for a public purpose, declaration to be made with the signature of the secretary], Section 18(1) [If an interested person does not accept the award, they can ask the collector to refer the same to court]
Constitution of India, 1950
Articles 300A [No person to be deprived of property save by authority of law]; Article 21 [Right to life and liberty]
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 24(2) [Where compensation has not been paid in the case an award was made five years prior to the Act, the proceedings will have lapsed]
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:
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
Name of the adjudicatory body
Name(s) of the Court(s)
High Court of Karnataka
Writ Appeal No. 6755 of 2013
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
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Nature of Protest
Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Government of Karnataka
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