People oppose housing project on common land in Bikaner

Reported by

Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict




Region Classification


Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate



Type of Land


Private and Common

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In 2008, district collector of Bikaner alloted about 500 hecatres of land in Jobneer 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. That led Prem Saran, who is a former Sarpanch of the area, file 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 in the area. The matter was heard in Jodhpur High Court and then the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered Rajasthan government to figure out who owns the land and settle the matter. This year, chief secretary of Rajasthan and additional 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 is giving away the forest land to its institutions which is reducing the area on which people depend. In the past the local government had alloted about 1000 hectares of forest land to National Camel Research Centre.

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

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