Students, Lawyers, Activists Protest Against Court Complex on Pipliyahana Lake in MP

Reported by

Arpit Deshmukh

Published on

March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017

Updated on

March 1, 2017

Location of Conflict

Indore

Indore

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Infrastructure

Court complex

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

12

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Starting Year

2016

State

Madhya Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

In July 2016, the Government of Madhya Pradesh proposed to set up a district court complex on Pipliyahana lake. But people took to mass agitation to save the lake. The relentless fight they put up compelled the state to roll back its decision. However, in late 2016, as an alternative, the state decided to acquire the land inside the Indore agriculture college to build the district court complex. The proposal required 20 acres of land to be taken from the 59hectare land occupied by the college. This led to a mass protest by farmers, environmentalists and students, backed by the Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Bhartiya Kisan Union and the All India Association of Agricultural Graduates. According to the protesters, the move would badly impact the research work on crops conducted by the agricultural institute on the land and claimed that the land allotted is one of the most fertile portions in the MalwaNimar region favorable to conduct research. The protesters, however, were not opposed to a court complex and, therefore, came up with alternative options for the complex. Bharatiya Kisan Sanghs Mahesh Chawdhary said they had proposed the Chhawani Anaajdalhantilhan Mandi as a viable site for the court complex. According to him, "the farmers and grain merchants who ply their trade in the _mandi _(market) have repeatedly demanded that the _mandi _should be moved out from the area as they were facing an acute shortage of buyers. Constructing the court at the site of the _mandi _while simultaneously relocating the farmers to sell their grain produce at a different site would be a winwin situation for both the government and buyers," said Chawdhary. However, in 2018, the government rolled back to its earlier decision to construct the district court complex on Pipliyahana Lake, and the construction work soon began. Google Earth images show that the lake has been filled up to create land for the court. The agitators, under the banner of Pipliyahana Talab Bachao Samiti have vowed to not let the authorities destroy the water body. They have alleged that the court building is impacting the size of the lake, according to a petition filed by social activist Kishore Kodwani against the construction. In September 2019, a group of lawyers organised a strike opposing the project. The protesters also sent a memorandum to then Chief Minister Kamal Nath to put a halt on the construction work. In December 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change sent an inspection committee to decide the fate of the project. The committee members assured the protesters that their issues would be mentioned in detail in the report that will be submitted to the ministry.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Environmental Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017
Rule 4(2)(i) [This rule restricts the conversion of wetlands for non-wetland uses, including any encroachment]; Rule 5(4)(b) [This rule requires the State Wetlands Authority to identify wetlands to be notified]
Guidelines for implementing Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017 dated 2020
Chapter VII: [Management of wetlands must be based on a "wise use" approach.]; Guideline 43 [Concretisation of the shoreline of an urban lake may not be considered wise use]
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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:

Violation of environmental laws

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

National Green Tribunal

Case Number

Original Application No. 24/2016 (CZ)

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Campaigns (grassroots organisations/press releases/media)

Development of a network or collective

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Law and Legislative Affairs Department

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, All India Association of Agricultural Graduates

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