Vallarpadam ICTT evictees awaiting rehabilitation under Moolampilly Package since 2008

Reported by

Dr. K.H. Amitha Bachan

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Published on

September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016

Updated on

September 15, 2016

Location of Conflict

Moolampilly

Mulavukad, Kothad, Cheranallor, Vaduthala, Kalamassery, Eloor, Manjummal and Edappally

Ernakulam

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

1565

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

51

ha

Starting Year

2008

State

Kerala

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2019, more than a decade after the Vallarpadam eviction for the port, around 280 out of the 326 families still await rehabilitation under the Moolampilly rehabilitation package. According to a report, the rehabilitation sites lack construction permission as the municipal administration cites Coastal Regulation Zone violation. In 2005, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, India's first such cargo hub. Around 326 residents of Moolampilly, Mulavukad, Kothad, Cheranallor, Vaduthala, Kalamassery, Eloor, Manjummal and Edappally were asked to forfeit their land for the rail road connectivity to the port. The land was to be acquired under the Land acquisition act, 1894, a colonial legislation which had no rehabilitation clause. Furthermore, the families were promised meagre compensation, due to which they refused to part with their land. Despite their refusal, the government in Febrary 2008 went ahead and forcefully evicted 10 families, without assuring any compensation. The residents protested against the government move which led to formation of the Moolampilly coordination committee. The committee tasked to come up with a rehabilitation package, announced in 2008, about the Moolampilly rehabilitation package. The package included a promise of a job for 1 member of each family and 4.5 to 5.5 cents of land to each evicted family. The package also included a rental allowance of Rs. 5,000 per month for those evicted. The state government had also agreed to pay a compensation of Rs. 75,000 for piling work required at the construction site. A Kerala High Court order issued by Justice Pius C Kuriakos dated 2 July, 2008 extended these benefits to all 326 families. In the same year, the Kerala high court commissioned a people's inquiry commission headed by Justice K Sukumaran. In its first visit to Moolampilly on 6 May 2009, the 5member commission found that the displaced families where left to deal with the cruel limitation of living space and lack of basic amenities including a protective roof or privacy. In 2011, when the commission visited again, it observed that the families, have lost hope in the goodness of civil society and that only four families were rehabilitated out of the 326. It has been reported that the nonrehabilitation of the families have reduced them to a subhuman existence, as the promised land still eludes several beneficiaries. Even those who have been rehabilitated are living in miserable conditions. Six out of the seven rehabilitation sites are marshy and requires landfilling. A Public Works Department (PWD) report dated 28 October, 2018 had claimed that the plots allotted to 169 families in two localities in Thuthiyoor village are water logged and that landfilling in these sites was done by dumping debris. In October 2019, the evicted families marched to the Public works department resthouse to voice their grievances. The people's inquiry commission headed by Justice K Sukumaran held a sitting with 60 families and have promised to "complaints and recommend actions to be taken to see a proper rehabilitation."

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation

Demand for rehabilitation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

3500

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

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

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 6: Declaration that land is required for a public purpos, also mentions such declaration shall not be made unless compensation to be paid is awarded; Section 9: Notice to persons interested, as well as claims regarding the compensation
Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011
Section 3: Prohibited activities within CRZ
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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-rehabilitation of displaced people

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Kerala High Court

Case Number

W.P.(C).4834/2008, 37570/2007, 161/2008, 4728/2008, 4834/2008,5380/2008, 11556/2008 & 11556/2008

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

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

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

District Collector, Ernakulam

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

National Highway Authority of India, Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT)

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) , DP World

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Solidarity Youth movement, KCYM, Kerala State People Protection Forum, Moolampilly Coordination Commitee

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