Over 700 Farmers in Karnataka Fight for De-notification of Land Acquisition Order

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Pattappuram,Shekharaja, Sindhagi, Tajah Sultanpur, Keri Bhosga


Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Industry



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More than 700 farmers in Gulbarga district have been fighting for the last eight years to denotify a land acquisition notice. In 2010, the state-owned Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) sent a notification to the farmers in Shekharaja, Pattappuram, Sindhagi, Taj Sultanpur and Keri Bhosga villages in the district to acquire their agricultural land of 2,229 acres for industrial purpose. The farmers, along with the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, protested as they did not want to give up their residential and agricultural land for industrial purpose. Following the protest, the deputy commissioner of the region conducted a meeting and formed a team to verify the claims of the farmers about the notice of land acquisition. The farmers approached the Karnataka High Court challenging the acquisition. The court agreed to the farmers' request to quash the preliminary notification. Umakant Nidugundi, former president of Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, told LCW, "Quashing the preliminary notification will not make it invalid unless the land acquisition order is de-notified. If the government acquires fertile agricultural land for industrial purpose, the farmers in the affected villages will become destitute, and people will have to move to different cities for work. The agricultural output within Gulbarga will also be reduced." KIADB acquires land from farmers in the state, which is then sold to industries that require land for projects. The farmers are not provided with any information about the projects for which their land is acquired.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Region Classification

Urban and Rural

Type of Land


Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

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Name(s) of the Court(s)

Karnataka High Court

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Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches

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Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board

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Elizabeth Mani

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Elizabeth Mani

Updated By

Elizabeth Mani

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

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