Land Owners Protest Against De-Notification of Land Earlier Acquired for Constructing Canal

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Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict

Dadupur- Nalvi, Kurukshetra

Yamunanagar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Water Management

Canal Link

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

909

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Starting Year

1987

State

Haryana

Sector

Infrastructure

Land owners are protesting against the Haryana State Governments move to denotify land which was acquired from them for the construction of the 72km long DadupurNalvi Canal. The Government reasoned that the project, which was proposed in 1985, was unfeasible as land owners were demanding higher compensation and decided to call it off in September 2017. Despite requests from the Opposition in Haryana to reconsider the denotification of land acquired for the project, the President approved  the State Governments move to scrap the project and return the land to the farmers. According to reports dated September 7, 2018, farmers have been asked to deposit the compensation received along with interest. The Haryana Government had proposed a 72km long canal between Dadupur (Yamunanagar) and Nalvi (Kurukshetra) in 1985 to carry water that would be received from the SutlejYamuna Link canal. Around 2246.53 acres of land was acquired for the project and out of this, 1019.29 acres was set aside for the main canals. The land owners whose land was acquired from 2005 onwards were not satisfied with the compensation decided by the lower courts and approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The High Court in 2016 ordered compensation at the rate of Rs. 116.83 lakh per acre plus incidental charges. This roughly came up to over Rs 3 crore per acre for those whose land was acquired for the project. But the Haryana Cabinet on September 27, 2017, after spending 304 crores, decided to scrap the project and return the land to farmers citing that the project was unfeasible after the increase in compensation.

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Private

Type of Common Land

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Land Acquisition Laws

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