Kawakhali conflict

Reported by

Mitali BiswasLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 6, 2019

Location of Conflict




Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate



People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)




West Bengal



Over 50 landowners of Kawakhali, where a township on the outskirts of Siliguri was to come up, have demanded their land back from the authorities. In 2005, the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) had acquired 302 acres in Thiknikata, Kawakhali and Porajhar areathese are villages located under Matigara block of Darjeeling district and Rajganj block of Jalpaiguri district. Of the 1,700 landowners residing in these villages, 52 refused to give away their land, but the land was still acquired. They did not even accept compensation and have been organizing movements demanding their acquired land back. Most of the agitated landowners are farmers. They say that the authorities took away their land by terming it fallow. Although the land was taken by the former left government, there is no change in situation even after the Trinamool Congress came to power.

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Private and Common

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Left goverment, Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA)

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Trinamul Congress

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