Forceful eviction of slum dwellers in Kalahandi district of Odisha

Reported by

Sandeep PattnaikLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict




This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)



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On 22nd June 2017, the slum dwellers of Bhawanipatna, the district headquarter of Kalahandi, under the banner of Kalahandi Sachetana Nagarika Manch, Odisha staged a demonstration in front of the office of the southern division revenue divisional commission (RDC), demanding land patta for those who have lived on government land for years. They are alleging that the government has forcefully destroyed 34 houses of the slum dwellers of Badapada, a slum of the Bhawanipatna town on the pretext of city beautification. Forced eviction of slum dwellers, cleaning up of waterways and giving away public land to private parties for the establishment of industries, hotels and parks are on the rise. Since they have no land patta, the people of the town are living in fear of eviction by the administration. In the memorandum to Revenue Divisional Commissoner (RDC) of southern division based at Berhampur, they have demanded that their records of rights be recognized as land settlement in the district headquarters town has not been conducted since 1952. Around 70 per cent of the people of the town have no record of rights (RoR) to their lands.

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Private and Common

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Forest and Non-Forest

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The Government of Odisha

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