Hydropower Project in Kishtwar, Jammu, Displaces 29 Families

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Mir FarhatLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

November 4, 2019

Location of Conflict

Nagseni

,

Kishtwar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Hydroelectric Project

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

302

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

171

ha

State

Jammu and Kashmir

Sector

Power

The Kwar hydroelectric project of Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited (CVPP) in the Nagseni area of Kishtwar district in Jammu has affected 63 families whose ancestral land has been acquired for the project. Of the affected families, 29 families have been displaced. According to an official statement, a total of 170.73 hectares of land from three villages have been acquired for the project, which has an installed capacity of 540 MW and is expected to generate 2,075.37 million units of power annually. The state government, under Governor N. N. Vohra, approved the Rehabilitation & Resettlement Plan for the ProjectAffected Families (PAFs) on July 28, 2018. The deputy commissioner will constitute a committee tasked with ensuring timely disbursements of compensation to all the PAFs. According to the local people, the affected families have demanded more compensation for their land as they believe the price offered by the government is much less than the market rate. A news report quotes them as saying that the compensation should be as per the current market value. The affected families have also demanded jobs for at least one member of their families. The government has formed committees headed by the deputy commissioner of the district to look into the matter; however, it is unlikely to agree to the demand for a higher compensation. CVPP is a joint venture company of NHPC Limited, Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation and PTC (India) Limited for execution of hydroelectric projects in the Chenab river basin in Kashmir's Kishtwar district.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Private

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

4949.24

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

171

ha

Starting Year

2016

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Revenue department , District magistrate

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited

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