Kwar and Kiru Hydropower Project in Kishtwar Displaces Families

Reported by

Mir FarhatLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 20, 2021

Location of Conflict

Nagseni

Kishtwar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Hydroelectric Project

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People Affected by Conflict

302

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

136

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Starting Year

2016

State

Jammu and Kashmir

Sector

Power

Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited (CVPP) is a joint venture%20across%20river%20Chenab.) company of NHPC Limited, Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation and PTC (India) Limited for the execution of hydroelectric projects in the Chenab river basin in Kashmir's Kishtwar district. The Kiru and Kwar hydroelectric projects in the Nagseni area of Kishtwar district in Jammu, which have an installed capacity of 624 MW and 540 MW respectively, has affected more than 200 people. Rs 4.5 crore has been allocated as compensation for families affected by the Kwar project, while Rs.30 crore has been earmarked as compensation for families displaced by Kiru project. The state government, approved the Rehabilitation & Resettlement Plan for the ProjectAffected Families (PAFs) for Kiru project on 7th March, 2019. The deputy commissioner was required to constitute a committee tasked with ensuring timely disbursements of compensation to all the PAFs. Out of the 30 crores, 17.58 crores had been disbursed as of 2020, in lieu of the Kiru project. In 2020, a report by _thirdpole _noted that many villagers who had to give up their land for the Kiru project and relocate to Kishtwar town, found the compensation insufficient to purchase a plot in the town. They said promises of jobs, skills training and covering children's education were not kept. In February 2021, a Grievances Redressal Committee (GRC) visited the site of Kiru HEP, to resolve several grievances raised by the locals. Pending payment of compensation and inconsistent water supply, among others were voiced by the locals.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised, Demand for employment, Demand for promised compensation, Demand for rehabilitation

Demand to keep promise of job and sill training and to cover children’s education

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

4949

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Jammu and Kashmir State Land Acquisition Act, 1934

    Sections 11B [Award to be made within 2 years from the date of publication of declaration]; Section 17A [Before taking possession of the land, 80% of the compensation should be paid]

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:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

Legal Status:

Out of 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

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Displacement

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Campaigns (Grassroots organisations/press releases/media), Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Revenue department , District magistrate

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

NHPC Ltd., Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation, and PTC (India) Limited

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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