Farmers Refuse Land for Pune Outer Ring Road Project in Maharashtra

Reported by

Ishita Patil

Legal Data by

Bhavesh Seth, Mukta Joshi

Edited by

Moushumi Sharma

Updated by

Published on

December 5, 2021

December 5, 2021

Updated on

December 5, 2021

Location of Conflict

Ranje, Kusgaon, Khopi, Kanjaale and Kelawade villages

Pune

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

695

ha

Starting Year

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) proposed the Pune Outer Ring Road project in 2020. The project is aimed at reducing air and noise pollution as well as enhancing road connectivity and easing traffic congestion.

The entire ring road spans 173 kilometres and is divided into the Eastern and Western Corridor. While the Eastern Corridor will affect five tehsils (Maval, Khed, Haveli, Purandar and Bhor) and approximately 46 villages, the Western Corridor will pass through 37 villages in Bhor, Haveli, Mulshi and Maval.

The MSRDC plans to acquire 1,554.64 hectares of land for the project. While it is yet to begin land acquisition for the eastern part, it has completed over 94 per cent land measurement of the total area to be acquired for the western side. But the land acquisition process has been facing resistance from the people residing in the area.

They have largely been opposing developmental projects in Pune as it leads to loss of fertile agricultural land and affects their livelihood. In Ranje village in Khed tehsil, farmers had earlier lost their land to the Pune-Nasik railway project. The MSRDC could not conduct land survey in Bhor and Mulshi for the ring road project as the village residents protested against giving their land. The main opposition has been from Haveli.

“The protesters have sought a change in the ring road alignment. The matter has been placed before the district administration, which is likely to hold a meeting with the villagers and local politicians,” MSRDC Executive Engineer Sandeep Patil told the media. He further announced in September 2021 that both the phases of the project were approved at an infrastructure committee meeting, which paved the way for providing compensation to farmers at five times the market rate. LCW contacted Patil but got no response.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common and Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

26831

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

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

Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955
Section 15: [The highway authority can acquire any land it requires to discharge its functions under the Act]; Section 16: [Power to survey the land sought to be acquired]; Section 17: [Any interested person may object to the acquisition of their land within 21 days of the acquisition notification]; Section 19B(2): [Amount of compensation payable can be determined by way of an agreement between the state government and the person whose land is to be acquired]; Section 19B(3): [In case an agreement cannot be struck, compensation amount payable will be determined by a land acquisition officer]
Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Section 4(i): [Consultation with the relevant Gram Sabha is mandatory before acquiring land in Schedule V districts]
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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:

Controversial land acquisition by the government

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

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

LCW contacted MSRDC Executive Engineer Sandeep Patil but got no response.

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