People Affected by Kondapochamma Reservoir in Telangana Allege Violations in Rehabilitation, Compensation

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SeethalakshmiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 20, 2021

Location of Conflict

Wargal and Mulug tehsils

Medak

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

2304

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Telangana

Sector

Infrastructure

The Kondapochamma irrigation project in Telangana's Medak district is another milestone under the multistage Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme. The reservoir, with a capacity of 7,000 million cubic feet, will provide water to an area of around 2,85,280 acres but also submerge three of the villages completely. Around 5,694 acres of land from the villages of Mamidyal (2,033 acres), Biranpur (1,009 acres), Markook (960 acres), Pamulaparthi (826 acres), Tanedarpally (539 acres) and Kotyala (327 acres) had been acquired for the project, which was strongly opposed by the residents of these villages. In February 2018, residents stalled construction work and demanded the compensation and rehabilitation package promised at the time of land acquisition. They also alleged that pollution in the area had increased after work on the project commenced, adding that many villagers had been diagnosed with respiratory problems. On December 31, 2018, the villagers agitated on site. However, in January 2019, they elected the same ruling party's candidate for sarpanch. By April 2020, construction work was complete, and the residents were allegedly shifted to the newly constructed rehabilitation and resettlement colony. However, they claimed that they were forcefully relocated from their houses on April 30, 2020, with the help of the police, and shifted overnight to small shed houses instead of the promised doublebedroom houses. In an interview in September 2020, they also claimed that were unable to approach the court or the chief minister because of threats by the police. The villagers were additionally promised jobs, but were not given any. The residents managed to challenge the forceful relocation in the Telangana high court, which ordered the temporary rehabilitation of the families on May 7. There were several issues with the temporary rehabilitation from commute to the vanishing promise of permanent settlement. Yet, on May 9, the houses were demolished, and on May 29, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao inaugurated the reservoir project. On March 10, 2021, the Telangana high court sentenced Siddipet District Collector O. Venkatarami Reddy and Special Deputy Collector (land acquisition) Jayachandra Reddy to three and four months of imprisonment, respectively, along with fines to be paid to the court and costs to be paid to the petitioners, for failing to implement the court's orders. The residents remain partially compensated.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation, Demand for rehabilitation

Region Classification

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land), Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1668.55

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

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

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:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people, Violation of LARR Act, Delay in compensation, Non-payment of promised compensation

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court for the State of Telangana

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Displacement

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

Fertile land in six villages were acquired for construction of a reservoir without prior consultation with the people

Date of Violation

April 30, 2020

Location of Violation

Mamidayal, Siddipet District

Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches, Blockades

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Irrigation & CAD Department, Police, Revenue Department

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:

Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited (MEIL)

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Congress Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist)

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