Landless Demand Land on Khurpia Farm, Uttarakhand Government Proposes Industrial Estate

Reported by

Tarun Joshi

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Published on

September 10, 2016

September 10, 2016

Updated on

September 10, 2016

Location of Conflict

Khurpia

Udham Singh Nagar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Manufacturing

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People Affected by Conflict

2000

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1012

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Starting Year

2015

State

Uttarakhand

Sector

Industry

The Khurpia farm, leased by Keshar Enterprises, occupies an area of approximately 2,500 acres. It comprises five revenue villages -- Khurpiya, Bandia, Devriya, Gorikala and Bhuragori. The landless people of Kumaon have been demanding land for themselves on this farm. In 2012, the Uttarakhand high court asked the state government to take possession of the land. Four years later, the government passed an order that a State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (SIDCUL) industrial estate will be set up on 1,002.15 acres on the farm. This land has been contested by many parties for several years. While Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Bhumiheen Sangthan has been demanding the settlement of landless people on this land, the state is attempting to divert the land for industrial development, on which there is no consensus among the local people -- while many favour it, others have raised objections to the setting up of industries. They want the land to be transferred to the landless instead under the U.P. Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, 1950. In 2017, protesters occupied the farm to protest against the government's decision to allocate the land to SIDCUL. On October 25, 2019, it was reported that the government proposed to build a polytechnic college and other government institutes on the land. In December 2019, there were reports of building an airport and smart city while allocating 405 acres to the landless. The government has proposed several other projects on the farmland. In February 2020, the government approved INR 285.92 lakh for the construction of new buildings on the land.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised land

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

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

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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When did it end?

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

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:

No items found.

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 of Uttarakhand

Case Number

WPPIL 169/2013

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Right to Land

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Development of a network or collective

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Uttarakhand Govt. , Meenakshi Aggarwal

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:

Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Bhumiheen Sangthan

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