Villagers in Kerala at risk of displacement due to Development of Makkekadavu-Nerekadavu Bridge

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Dr. K.H. Amitha Bachan

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January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017

Updated on

January 6, 2017

Location of Conflict

Thuravoor, Makkekadavu

Alappuzha

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

120

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

40

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Starting Year

2015

State

Kerala

Sector

Infrastructure

The ThuravurPampa road, has been accorded administrative sanction worth Rs.150.29 crore in 2012. The Rs. 2.7 crorefirst phase grant was to acquire land for an approach road to the ThuravurThycauttussery Bridge, while the Rs.49.5 croreNABARDsponsored second phase was for the construction of the bridge. The thirdphase plan was to spend Rs.6.89 crore for construction of the road from Pallithode State Highway to the Udayanapuram Junction on the ErnakulamEttumannoor State Highway. A sum of Rs. 4.3 crore was set aside for land acquisition for this phase. The fourth phase in Plan was to have construction of the MakkekadavuNerekadavu Bridge, worth Rs.88.5 crore initially. The project was delayed as the authorities failed to begin land acquisition for Makkekadavu bridge. The total length of the bridge is 800 metre, and 720 metre of this bridge will be constructed across the Vembanad lake. The remaining 80 metre of the bridge can be constructed only after acquiring private land from Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. On May 27, 2015, the then chief minister Oommen Chandy opened the first bridge at Thykkattuserry and announced that the second bridge Makkekadavu would be opened in 2017. However, the land acquisition for the second bridge has not been started so far owing to strong opposition from landowners. While people in both towns see the project as an important move that can shorten the travel distance to the state capital, the families whose land would be acquired either do not want to be displaced or demand higher compensation. Fisher folk in the region are against any big constructions across the wetland that they are dependent on for livelihood. Affected families have formed an 'action council' to hold protests in the area.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Demand for rehabilitation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

100

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

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Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981
Section 38: Outlines more generic responsibilities of NABARD, including financing rural development
Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2008
Section 11: Prohibition on reclamation of wetlands
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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Public Works Department

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Cherian Varkey Construction Company Ltd

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Thuravoor-Pamba State Highway Formation Forum

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