The construction of Karanja Dam in Bidar district was completed four decades ago, but the people affected by the project are yet to receive compensation. They have been protesting peacefully in front of the deputy commissioner's office in Bidar since October 20, 2018, but officials have remained unresponsive to their demands. The dam was built in 1972 to provide drinking and irrigation water to the people of Bhalki tehsil in Bidar. Farmers in 26 villages gave up thousands of acres of fertile land for the project. The construction submerged nine villages. The government had identified the families who lost their land and announced a compensation of INR 16 lakh per acre, to which the farmers agreed. However, in the first installment, the government hardly paid half the promised amount. And there is no information on when the government will pay the remaining compensation. When the farmers approached officials, they were told that there was no money for compensation allocated in the state budget. The farmers informed LCW that they will continue their protest until they are paid what they were promised. Bandeppa Manikappa Kashempur, a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Minister for Cooperation, told LCW that a team will be formed to rectify the issue. "I will also bring this to the notice of the chief minister," he added. According to a TV channel's reportage in October 2020, the affected farmers still await compensation, in the absence of which they have been unable to rebuild their houses and are living in makeshift arrangements for almost 20 years now.
Demand for promised compensation
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws
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:
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 Karnataka
R.P No. 588/2014, W.P No. 9323/2007
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?
Reported Details of the Violation:
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Department of Water Resources
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?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
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