Footballers to go on hunger strike to reclaim their village land in Gurugram.

Reported by

Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 31, 2019

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Reason or Cause of Conflict

Forest Administration (Other than Protected Areas)

Conflict for Aravali Land between Forest Department and Football Academy



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Conservation and Forestry

There is a tussle going between Forest Department and Football Academy on a claim for Aravali Land situated near to Ghamorj village of Gurugram, Haryana. Forests Department argues that land belongs to them while footballers contending it is owned by the village panchayat. forest officials twice tried to plant trees on the twoacre ground to reclaim it as forest land, but were opposed by the villagers. Officials said since this land comes under forest area, they would continue to treat it as forest land. A mahapanchayat was held after the ground was taken over by the forest department. In the mahapanchayat it was decided the field belongs to the village and it will be given for kids to play. Ghamroj has recently emerged as a budding nursery for Indian football, having produced several nationallevel players, including 10 who have played for different professional clubs across the country in the ILeague. Footballers of Ghamroj complained that forest officials came without prior notice and planted trees in and around their playing field. Footballers have sit on hunger strike and villagers have decided to take the matter to supreme court if forest department continue to plant trees on land. 

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Private and Common

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Forest and Non-Forest

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Forest Department

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Ghamroj Football Association

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