UIT Bikaner's Jorbeer Housing Project on Stalls Following Rajasthan High Court Order

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Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 14, 2021

Location of Conflict

Jorbeer

Bikaner

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

500

ha

Starting Year

2008

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2008, district collector of Bikaner alloted about 500 hectares of land in Jorbeer village to Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) for a housing project called 'Vasundhara Colony'. Sometime ago, the state government advertised a lottery of plots on that land. Subsequently, Prem Saran, who is a former Sarpanch of the area, filed a Public Interest Litigation in the high court against the project. The PIL says that the land is recorded as forest land which people of the village were using for their livelihood and that the project will pose a threat to the bird population (raptors) in the area. The matter was heard in Jodhpur High Court and then the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered Rajasthan government to settle the matter with concerned stakeholders. In 2017, chief secretary (forest) decided to give the land away to UIT for housing project. Saran has once again challenged the matter in the Jodhpur High Court. He claims that since 1957, the government has been giving away the forest land to its institutions which is reducing the area on which people have depended for generations. In the past the local government had alloted about 1000 hectares of forest land to National Camel Research Centre.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation, Complaint against procedural violations, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources, Refusal to give up land for the project

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

17.22

Type of investment:

Investment Made

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Environmental Laws, Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Central/State Government Policy

Legislations/Policies Involved

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:

Violation of environmental laws

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Rajasthan High Court

Case Number

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

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Rajasthan Government, Forest Department, Urban Improvement Trust (UIT)

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

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Documented By

Ashish Gaur

Reviewed By

Ashish Gaur

Updated By

Ashish Gaur

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