Maharashtra Village Gives Consent for Diversion of Forestland for Kolhapur Airport

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Prerna Chaurashe

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September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016

Updated on

September 18, 2016

Location of Conflict

Gadmudshingi

Kolahapur Airport

Kolhapur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Airport

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

11

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Starting Year

2010

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

The Kolhapur Airport has been operational since 1997, run by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) for 15 years. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) took over the airport from the MIDC on August 31, 2013. According to the forest clearance report, the AAI took over 551.03 acres of additional land (acquired earlier by the MIDC), along with 183.32 acres of original land and 16.21 acres of the state government's land for expansion and development of Kolhapur Airport. The land was acquired from multiple villages Gokul, Shirgaon, Ujalaiwadi, Sarnobatwadi, Tamgaon and Gadmudshingi. However, forestland from Gadmudshingi, spread across 10.93 hectares, was most essential for the airport expansion as the land falls in the basic strip of the runway and proposed parallel taxiway. While 223 hectares of land for the project were already acquired, there was strong opposition to the acquisition of 10.93 hectares of forestland, which slowed down the project work. Under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, the consent of the Gram Sabha is needed for the diversion of forestland. But the residents of Gadmudshingi village claimed they did not give their approval. However, in August 2016, the Gadmungshi panchayat passed a resolution that the people did not have any objection to the land acquisition and submitted it in writing during a meeting with a local MLA, Amal Mahadik. This reportedly came after a negotiation between the officials and villagers, who put forward three main demands, including compensation as per the latest market rate. Babasaheb Mali, a resident of Gadmudshingi, said, "It is true that we have decided to pass the resolution for land acquisition. We are waiting for some communication from the district administration regarding our demands. Necessary procedure will be followed by the villagers in the coming days to sort out the pending issue." In 2017, the environment ministry granted inprinciple approval to the forest clearance proposal for the diversion of 10.93 hectares of forestland. A news report from December 2019 stated that the the airport expansion project was still being carried out while the issues related to land were being resolved.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

275

Type of investment:

Revised Investment

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

August, 2016

Why did the conflict end?

The conflict centred around the diversion of forestland for the expansion of Kolhapur Airport. In 2017, the residents of Gadmudshingi village, whose consent was needed for diversion of land, submitted a no-objection letter to the officials, approving the diversion of forestland from their village. The project is currently in its advanced stage of construction.

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Forest and Scheduled Area Governance 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:

Controversial land acquisition by the government

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Violation of free prior informed consent

Legal Status:

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)

Case Number

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

Objections as part of official procedures

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Airports Authority of India (AAI), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)

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?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Member of Parliament (MP) Dhananjay Mahadik

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