Farmers Agree to Revised Compensation for Their Land for Chandigarh-Baddi Rail line in Himachal

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Bimla VishwapremiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

November 9, 2021

Location of Conflict

Saraj Majra, Shitalpur, Kalyanpur, Chak-Jangi, Landewal, Kenduwal, Billanwali Gujran, Haripur Sandholi and Sandholi villages

Solan

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

34

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Himachal Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

The construction of the ChandigarhBaddi railway line had become a cause for unrest among farmers in Himachal Pradesh as the farmers did not agree to the compensation rate offered.  A threekilometre stretch of the 28 km railway line would be in Himachal Pradesh, and the remaining in Haryana. In the Solan district, farmlands from nine villages, measuring 33.75 hectares, was to be acquired in the Baddi industrial area. In 2016, the Northern Railway released its share of the fund, which initiated the land acquisition process, as per a news report. However, the farmers were demanding Rs 1 crore per bigha (0.16 ha) as compensation.  As per a news report, in July of the same year, the farmers were offered a rate of four times the prevailing circle rates for the land acquisition. The SubDivisional Magistrate of the Nalagarh division arrived at this decision in the negotiation committee he was chairing. He arrived at a figure of Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 54 lakh as the price of the land. At the time, the SDM stated all villages except Kenuwaal had given consent, whose circle rates would revise after review. However, the affected farmers refused to accept the compensation offered.  In August 2019, the Principal Secretary (Transport) appointed SDM of Nalagarh as the component authority for the project. The project was also classified as a special railway project.  In October, the Ministry of Railways finally issued a notice for land acquisition for the project after a delay of four years. According to a news report, it gave the landowners 30 days to raise objections with the compensation with the competent authority.  As per another news report, the authorities set the target of April 2021 to compensate the affected farmers would receive compensation. The report stated that the competent authority was in the process of finalising the compensation rates for each village separately, after which the ministry would approve the decided awards. It was as per the prevailing circle rates and average rates, whichever was higher. In February, the Ministry of Railways released an amount of Rs. 100 crore for starting the project.  Subsequently, in April, the land acquisition process was completed in the nine villages, stated a news article

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised, Demand for compensation

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

90

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

April 2021

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Central/State Government Policy, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Out of Court

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Northern Railways Authority - Ministry of Railways, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Revenue Department of Himachal Pradesh

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