Lower Painganga Dam Project: People Refuse to Part With Their Land

Reported by

Pravin Mote

Published on

March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

Updated on

March 15, 2017

Location of Conflict

Datodi

Yavatmal

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Multipurpose Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

39053

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

17186

ha

Starting Year

1997

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Infrastructure

Lower Penganga is an interstate project between Maharashtra and Telangana. The project primarily aims at building a multipurpose dam across Penganga river (a tributary of Godavari river). The project site is near Tadsaoli Village in Ghatanji Tehsil of Yavatmal District, Maharashtra. It is supposed to irrigate about of 2.27 lakh hectares of which 88% will be in Maharashtra and 12% in Telangana. The ambitious project, which started in the 1980s, has not seen much progress due to a number of reasons including allegations of corruption, court petitions by project affected people and lack of funds. AntiCorruption Bureau (ACB) was asked to probe into massive corruption in the project in March 2015. Media reports claim that project's cost escalated from just Rs1,042 crore in 1982 to over Rs17,000 crore in 2015 due to inordinate delays. The total land requirement for the project is 18,826 Ha, which includes 17,186 Ha of private land, 996 Ha of forest land and 644 Ha of Government land. The number of Project Affected villages is 46 out of which 32 villages will be fully affected & 14 villages will be partially affected and the number of project affected families is 8136 in Maharashtra State. There has been a decadelong struggle of the affected people who have refused to part away with both the private and the forestland that they use as commons. They claim their land is very fertile and they have community rights over forests. People have filed Forest Rights claims under the Forest Rights Act but the authorities have not accepted them. The government has given an affidavit in the court that people don't have any forest rights claims in the area.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

No items found.

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

15000

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

Forest Rights Act of 2006

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:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Legal Status:

Status of Case In Court

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)

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

No items found.

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Irrigation Department, Revenue Department, Forest Department, Maharashtra State Government, Telangana State Government

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:

Nimn Painganga Dharan Viroddhi Sangharsh Samiti

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