Rishikesh-Karnaprayag Railway Line in Uttarakhand to Affect over 1,100 Families

Reported by

Rakesh Agrwal

Published on

August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

Updated on

August 8, 2017

Location of Conflict

Srinagar

Tehri Gharwal, Rudraprayag and Chamoli

Pauri Garhwal

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

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People Affected by Conflict

5606

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

167

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Starting Year

2017

State

Uttarakhand

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2017, the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led government of Uttarakhand commenced its ambitious project to build a railway line connecting 12 stations from Rishikesh to Karnaprayag. Land acquisition for the 125-kilometre-long Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway line began soon after. For this, no-objection certificates were obtained from Womens Hospital, Kathod village, Srinagar; Degree College, also from Kathod village, Srinagar; Degree College, Old Srinagar; GNTI, Old Srinagar; and Polytechnic, Bhalgaon, Srinagar. High-tension wires of Power Transmission Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited were being shifted, and notices were issued to the landholders to acquire their lands. The officials completed the public hearing under the chairmanship of Mukta Mishra, the district magistrate at Dham Sumerpur village for the land acquisition in Punad, Tilani, Sumerpur and Ratura villages of Rudraprayag block. But people started a protest in Dungaripanth village, just 12 kilometres from Srinagar, demanding that the compensation should be paid before the start of the project, along with an assured job. Five villages in Chamoli district, 12 in Pauri and 10 in Rudraprayag will be affected as massive tunnelling and relentless blasting will destroy agricultural fields and water sources and are likely to cause cracks in houses. About 300 homes are on the periphery of the proposed railway line. In 2018, the land acquisition process was in its last phase in which 48 homes from seven villages in Tehri district were asked to shift. Overall, 45 villages, with a total of 1,168 families, in Tehri, Pauri, Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts will be relocated. On October 10, 2019, the chief minister took a review meeting on the progress of the railway line and instructed officials to prioritise the compensation work. Despite this, some villages have still not received compensation. The residents of Narkota village met the district magistrate and submitted a memorandum in July 2020 demanding compensation. The families claim that notices of demolition have been served but compensation has not been provided for it. As of January 2021, the construction contract of the project is said to have been awarded to Larsen & Toubro.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban and Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

16216

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Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

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Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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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:

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Legal Status:

Out of Court

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Ministry of Railways

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