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.
Refusal to give up land for the project, Demand for rehabilitation, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources
Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws
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
Out of Court
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
Name of the adjudicatory body
Name(s) of the Court(s)
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?
Reported Details of the Violation:
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA)
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:
Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Kudiyozhippickal Virudha Janakeeya Samithy.