Farmers oppose new Hazira-Gothan broad gauge railway goods line in Surat

Reported by

Rejitha Nair

Legal Data by

Anmol Gupta, Mukta Joshi

Edited by

Radhika Chatterjee

Updated by

Published on

September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Updated on

September 26, 2022

Location of Conflict

Gothan

Adani port, Hazira to Gothan village in Olpad taluka.

Surat

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

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People Affected by Conflict

277

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

522

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Starting Year

2022

State

Gujarat

Sector

Infrastructure

A notification by the government regarding a new railway track has ignited protests in 15 villages of Olpad and Choryasi talukas in Surat. The proposed track is a freight railway line connecting Gothan to Hazira, where the Adani Hazira port is located. The lands of more than 200 hundred farmers are likely to be acquired for the project.
The affected farmers have demanded that an existing broad gauge goods railway track line from Kribhco to Gothan be extended to Hazira, and no new land acquisition should be done for the project._ _The farmers are also upset that the government has repeatedly been acquiring land from their villages for various developmental projects. They worry that if this acquisition trend continues, there won’t be any agricultural land left in the region, and there won’t be any means for their livelihood. There are also no government companies among the Hazira-based companies that will benefit from this acquisition. Khedut Samaj Gujarat president Jayesh Patel aired these concerns to the media while stating, “We don’t understand why the government wanted to acquire farmer’s land to give facilities to the multinational companies like Adani, AM/NS, Reliance, etc. [when] There is an existing railway line between KRIBHCO company to Gothan.”

The farmers also submitted a memorandum to the State Agricultural Minister, Mukesh Patel, who held a meeting with the District Collector on  March 1, 2022. He suggested to district collector to explore the possibility of acquiring 30 meters of land adjacent to the existing railway line so that farmers will be minimally affected by the land acquisition. But as per the Surat District Collector, they cannot use the existing line of KRIBHCO and ONGC as it will not fit into the Dedicated Freight Corridor.

On March 11, 2022, the affected farmers protested outside the Surat District Collector’s office and handed a memorandum requesting that their land not be acquired for such a project. As per the Officials at the district collectorate, the Gujarat Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (G-RIDE) is developing the project to connect Hazira port with the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi railway line of the Western Railway. The railway line project is not yet finalised and is on hold because of the protest by farmers. The final decision on the railway line is still awaited.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to cancel the project

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for existing broad gauge line to be extended instead

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Private

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

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

Legislations/Policies Involved

Notification No. 2018/W-1/GenI/Land Acquisition, Ministry of Railways dated February 05, 2020
All doubling, gauge conversion and important new line projects will be declared as special railways projects. Land acquisition for these shall be done as per provisions inserted by Railways Amendment Act, 2008.
Railways Act, 1989
Section 20A [Central Government may acquire land for any public purpose if it is required for the execution of a special railway project. Notification for this must be published in two local newspapers, one of which should include a vernacular language], Section 20D [Affected persons in land acquisition proceedings may object to the acquisition in writing within 30 days of publication of the notification under section 20A].
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What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Controversial land acquisition by the government

Non-consultation with stakeholders

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

Name of the adjudicatory body

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Campaigns (grassroots organisations/press releases/media)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Ministry of Railways

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Khedut Samaj Gujarat

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