People Allege Unlawful Demolition for the Smart Road in Bhopal

Reported by

Arpit DeshmukhLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 28, 2019

Location of Conflict




Reason or Cause of Conflict




People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)



Madhya Pradesh



Bhopal Municipal Corporation is building a smart road between Depot Square and Polytechnic Square in Bhopal City. The roads that are getting built as a part of Smart City projects are called 'smart roads' because they are likely to have facilities like cycle tracks. Some slums and houses that are coming in the way of the smart road will need to be demolished, and people rehabilitated. People living in these slums and houses have been protesting along with the local Congress party members. The road project is worth Rs 28 crore. While some slums are encroachments, residents of some houses say that they have documents to show that the land belongs to them. Municipal Corporation says that the land belongs to them. It is disputed whether the land is private or common. Some residents have gotten a stay from the state High Court against the demolition of their houses. People say that the government is going ahead with demolition of slums without any proper rehabilitation plan. Reportedly, about 115 houses will be demolished. A delegation of Congress leaders also submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Bhopal. Recently, residents of Rustam Khan Ka Ahata locality along with Congress leaders staged a road blockade in protest of the inauguration of this road project.

Region Classification


Type of Land


Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):


Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):


Starting Year


Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

M.P. Government

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Resources Related to Conflict

Sign up for our Newsletter!

Your privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. Read our ‘Privacy Policy’ for information on how your data is used.

Follow us
Stay updated about our work and reports.