KINFRA Abandons Industrial Plan in Ernakulam following Protests Against Land Acquisition

Reported by

Dr. K.H. Amitha BachanLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 15, 2021

Location of Conflict

Thuravoor

,

Kuthiyathodu

Ernakulam

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Landbank

Industrial Development Land Bank

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

734

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

51

ha

State

Kerala

Sector

Land Use

The Industrial Policy, 2007 of the Government of Kerala proposed to develop world class industrial infrastructure and balanced regional development in the state through Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (KINFRA). To achieve their objectives, the KINFRA is tasked to acquire land, create basic infrastructure facilities and allot the land to entrepreneurs, as per their requirements. Land for this purposed is acquired under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 where a District Level Purchase Committee (DLPC) negotiate with landowners and suggest a price for government approval. In 2010, KINFRA identified 79 acres of land in Thuravoor and 47 acres in Kuthiyathodu for acquisition to set up an industrial park. Around 153 families, who are majority farmers or dairy farmers, have agitated against the move. According to the villagers, the land identified for the project includes 52 acres of paddy field on which the livelihood of the villagers is dependent. This they claim violates the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2008. In 2012, the villagers protested in front of district administrative office. District collector P Venugopal assured the villagers that the government was ready to rehabilitate all the families that will be evicted. The residents are demanding the project site to be relocated. In 2014, the project was abandoned by KINFRA owing to land issues.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

50

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

51

ha

Starting Year

2010

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project, Demand for rehabilitation, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA)

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

CPI, CPM, BJP, SUCI, A Land House Environment Conservation Committee

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

October 2014

Why did the conflict end?

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