Farmers Demand Higher Compensation for Land Acquired for Ghatampur Thermal Power Plant

Reported by

Rama Shanker Singh

Published on

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

Updated on

May 12, 2017

Location of Conflict

Ghatampaur

Kanpur Nagar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Thermal Power Plant

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People Affected by Conflict

8880

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1012

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Starting Year

2011

State

Uttar Pradesh

Sector

Power

In 2011, land of 1850 farmers residing in Sindhaul, Bagriya, lahurimau, Rampur Bandh, Dharchhuva, Asvaar Mau, Sirsa and Kasimpur villages in Kanpur was acquired for a 1980 megawatts power plant project by a joint venture between Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidut Utpadan Nigam Ltd and Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC). In 2016, Union minister of State for power, coal and new & renewable energy Piyush Goyal laid the foundation stone. The power plant is scheduled to begin in 2020.

While the work on the project is still ongoing, farmers from all the affected villages are protesting to get a fair compensation. Farmers are demanding that they should be paid compensation based on the circle rate or the market rate, whichever is higher, and additional compensation for not being able to cultivate the land for the six years during which the project could not be commenced. From December 2016 to January 2017, during a protest which went on for almost a month, two of the farmers' leaders Niranjan Singh Rajput and Vishakha Rajput were jailed by the Kanpur police under the Goonda Act.

To protest against the government, thousands of people, including farmers assembled at the dharna site in December 2016. From December 2016 to January 2017, the protest went on, during which, two of the farmers' leaders Niranjan Singh Rajput and Vishakha Rajput were jailed by the Kanpur police.

In 2018, the Yogi Adityanath cabinet approved Adani Transmission to develop the transmission lines for the Ghatampur project, which would feed energy to the Western UP and Agra regions. The power plant is likely to be completed by November 2020. Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government has also decided to set up antipower theft police stations in all the 75 districts of UP.

During the byelection campaign in November 2020, the CM Yogi Adityanath announced that thanks to the Ghatampur plant, every village will get 24 hour electricity by 2022.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

14000

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

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

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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:

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Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Blockades

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidut Uthpadan Nigam Ltd

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Neyveli Lignite Corporation

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