In October 2019, the state-owned Himachal Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (HPPTCL) and Skipper Limited started laying high-voltage (220 kilovolt) transmission lines on private lands in 10 villages between Dehan Patti and Hamirpur as part of the Transmission Plan of HPPTCL for the Palampur/Kangra zone. The project is estimated to cost INR 154 crore. The land owners claim that HPPTCL did not take their permission before acquiring their land to begin work.** The villagers from Kangra and Hamirpur staged a protest on November 24, 2019, during which they told The Tribune that they had complained to the sub-divisional magistrate in the past but the illegal work has continued. The villagers who owned farms between Patti and Jaisinghpur in Kangra protested for a second time in November. This time, the district collector of Kangra initiated an inquiry by constituting a committee under the chairmanship of the additional district magistrate. In a hearing in November 2019 **before the committee, the villagers reported that HPPTCL officials entered their fields without their permission and destroyed their personal belongings as well as cut hundreds of trees. All this, the villagers alleged, happened without any prior demarcation of land for laying the transmission lines. The committee ordered HPPTCL to produce all documents related to the project in the next hearing on December 18. According to the farmers, the company has submitted certain papers, which are currently being reviewed by the committee. But Land Conflict Watch could not confirm this either from the committee members or HPPTCL.
Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:
Himachal Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (HPPTCL)
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Violation of free prior informed consent
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