Farmer Group Alleges Encroachment on Sardar Samand Dam Catchment Area in Rajasthan

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Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 22, 2021

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Encroachment by Non-Right Holders (Other than Caste-Based)



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Sardar Samand Dam is located in Rajasthan's Pali district. According to Babu Singh Rajpurohit, President of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, in the catchment area illegal encroachments were made by nonright holders which has reduced the dam capacity by 60 per cent. The Samiti had moved court against the encroachers that had started sand mining in the catchment area. Farmers were not getting water to irrigate their fields. In July 2017, the Rajasthan High court directed state government and water resources department to get the encroachment removed but to no avail. Farmers have once again filed contempt petition in the high court over noncompliance of its directives.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

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Rajasthan High Court

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D.B. Civil Writ Petition No. 7782 / 2014

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Government of Rajastan, Mining Department of Rajastan, Water Resources Department of Rajastan

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