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.
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
Has the Conflict Ended?
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
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
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
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)
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
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict: