Protest against construction on a water body in Vadodara

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Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

January 6, 2020

Location of Conflict



This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)

Protest against construction on a water body



People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)



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The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) had razed 1,428 houses and 75 shops in July 2017, at Sahakarnagar to develop housing settlement in the area on a publicprivate partnership (PPP) model.  1,428 households were removed from this land in 2017 and they were promised of resettlement on the same plot. Violence between groups of people occurred in the disputed land over the uncertainty of their housing. Some people threw stones during the confrontation. The police was called and reached the spot to bring the situation under control. An offence was registered against 17 persons regarding the incident. However, a PIL by Jignesh Pandya filed by advocate Amit Panchal claimed that the 48,259 square metre land in TP Scheme No 22 in Tandalja in Vadodara city has been a recognized waterbody since 1952. The PIL urged the High Court that the Gujarat State government and Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) should be restrained from constructing 1,400 houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna on the lake. No development has taken place on the site apart from clearing the debris that was left behind after the razing drive. The residents of the slums here are being paid a rent of Rs 2,000 per family. In May 2018, a commotion took place between residents of area stating there was no sign of getting their houses yet. The matter is pending in Court.

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Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land), Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Gujarat State Government, Vadodara Municipal Corporation

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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Cube Construction Engineering Ltd

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Aditi Patil

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Aditi Patil

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Aditi Patil

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