Gujarat Farmers Demand Reallotment of Land Acquired for Jewellery Park

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Aditi Patil

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Published on

May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018

Updated on

May 6, 2018

Location of Conflict

Ichhapore

Surat

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Industry

Jewellery

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

100

ha

Starting Year

2004

State

Gujarat

Sector

Industry

Gujarat Hira Bourse (GHB) was allotted 100-hectare land at Ichhapore for setting up a gem and jewellery SEZ park by the Gujarat government in 2004. The GHB was supposed to set up 350 manufacturing units at a cost of INR 400 crore and provide employment to one lakh people. Then Chief Minister Narendra Modi had allotted one million square meres of land at Ichhapore for the project. However, the work has progressed slowly and only four units have been set up in a decade despite an investment of INR 400 crore on the project.
In October 2014, GHB President Chandrakant Sanghavi informed the media that the project has been operationalised. Around 20 manufacturers have approached GHB for speedy allotment of land at the park, he said.
In March 2018, farmers from Ichhapore and Hazira villages wrote a letter to the Surat district collector alleging that GHB has not fulfilled the purpose and that the plot holders of 100 hectares of land had sold the plots internally. Their demand is that the state government should reclaim and reallot the land to the farmers.
Janak Patel, a farmer from Ichhapore village, said, “There is a ruling by the Supreme Court that the land reserved and allotted for industrial use should be given back if the purpose is not fulfilled. Here, the GHB has not fulfilled the purpose and the plot holders have sold the plots internally. We demand that the state government reallot the land to the farmers."
The farmers claim that diamond company owners in Surat and Mumbai have committed a scam in the name of participating in the jewellery park project. Darshan Nayak, who wrote the letter, said, "The entire purpose of the land was altered when the diamond companies sold the plots at high rates. They had purchased the plots for INR 850 per square metre and sold it for over INR 50,000 per square metre. The Union government had allotted INR 45 crore for infrastructure development to the GHB which has been siphoned off."
The letter led to an inquiry being ordered. The report is yet to be submitted to the deputy collector for further action.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for employment

Demand to get back acquired land

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

400

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

2018

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

Special Economic Zones Act, 2005
Section 15 [Setting up of a unit in the SEZ]; Chapter II [Establishment of SEZ]
Gujarat Special Economic Zone Act, 2004
Section 6(2)(d) [Acquisition of land under Land Acquisition Act, 1894]
Gujarat Special Economic Zone Regulations, 2007
Regulation 6(1)(c) [Development Committee has to periodically review the development in the zone to ensure it is according to guidelines]
Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006
Rule 2(x) [Sectors include products and services falling under gem and jewellery category]
Gujarat Industrial Development Act, 1962
Section 30 [Acquisition of land by the Corporation]
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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:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Gujarat Hira Bourse

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Farrmers

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