Farmers Complain of Lack of Rehabilitation in Industrial Model Township (IMT) in Kharkhoda

Reported by

Sandeep Dahiya

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Published on

January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

Updated on

January 27, 2017

Location of Conflict

Kharkhoda

Sonipat

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

600

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1361

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Starting Year

2011

State

Haryana

Sector

Infrastructure

Farmers of 10 villages (Gopalpur, Pipli, Saidpur, Kundal, Rampur, Ferozepur bangar, Nizampur khurd, Sohit, Pahaladpur Barona) in Haryana's Sonipat district are divided over the acquisition of 3306 acres of land by the state government for developing it into an Industrial Model Township (IMT). In April 2010, the government has first issued notification for land acquisition for the project. While many landowners were strongly in favour of the IMT establishment saying it will open new job opportunities for the youth and will greatly help in development of the area, in a parallel development, several court cases were filed by landowners against the land acquisition. These farmers have organised series of protests, dharnas at the Saidpur village for several years. On 9th January 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of the protesting farmers. Some of the villagers allege that due to the strong lobbying between the private companies and the government, the interest and rights of common people were ignored. The state government awarded the contract for construction work of Master roads at IMT Kharkhoda in June 2019. The construction of the township is underway. On 27th June 2020, the high court asked the state of Haryana to answer why they had failed to implement the 2010 R&R policy in favour of landowners from whom land was acquired. On 26th October 2020, the government clarified that necessary relief had been given to the aggrieved landowners. The matter is pending as the landowners claim that the plots allotted lack infrastructure and are not commercially viable.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for rehabilitation

Demand for promised compensation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

4000

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

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

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 4: Notice for acquisition of land; Section 5A: Hearing of objections.
Revision of minimum floor rates and the Policy for Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Land Owners - Land Acquisition Oustees, 2010
Point 7: The policy grants two benefits to landowners whose land is acquired for HSIIDC: reservation and allotment of residential plots, and provision for allotment of commercial booth-sites/industrial plots to landowners in case 75% or more land in a revenue estate is acquired.
Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development Act, 1963
[Nizampur Khurd] Section 4: The government may declare an area as a controlled area; Section 7: Land in a controlled area may not be used for any purpose other than the those for which it was used on the date of the notification under S. 4, except with permission of the Director; Section 8: Procedure for applying for permission under S. 7.
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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

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Punjab and Haryana

Case Number

CWP No. 14365 of 2012, CWP No. 5683 of 2013, CWP 10594 of 2020

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Development of a network or collective

Protests/marches

Public campaign

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC)

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Wanda Group of China

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Bhoomi Bachao Sangharsh Samiti

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