Rail freight terminal by Fomento

Reported by

Nihar GokhaleLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 25, 2021

Location of Conflict

Xelvona

South Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

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People Affected by Conflict

1725

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

20

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Goa

Sector

Infrastructure

A rail freight terminal has been proposed in Xelvona, a hamlet in South Goa, on over 50 acres of private land consisting of farms, orchards and forests. The terminal has been proposed by mining firm, Sociedade de Fomento Industrial Pvt Ltd, one of Goa's largest mining firms, to handle 2 million tonnes per annum, each of iron ore and coal, besides smaller amounts of limestone and cement. The land is situated by the Zuari river, a navigable river that links interior Goa with the Mormugao Port. The terminal would integrate a jetty and a railway line. Imported coal and iron ore brought from the port by barges would be loaded onto rail wagons. Ore mined in Goa, for export, would be loaded at the jetty on barges heading to the port. The villagers, led by the Village Panchayat of Assolda, Xelvona, Xic-Xelvona and Hoddar, have opposed the project, arguing that the activity would severely pollute land and water sources, including the river Kushawati - the project is in its catchment area. While the land is privately held (Fomento is making direct purchases), the villagers contend that coal and ore dust would affect nearby agricultural land. Xelvona has a population of 3000, and all of them use land and water resources. The project received environment clearance from the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority in December 2015. The Assolda panchayat called a special gram sabha in January 2016, which resolved to oppose the project. The panchayat then appealed, in 2017, to the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority to revoke its clearance. In response, the authority kept its clearance in abeyance and issued a show-cause notice to Fomento. The show-cause hearings have been in progress since then. The villagers have staged numerous protests in state capital Panaji and at the project site. While 80% of the land has been purchased by Fomento, the panchayat is urging the remaining land owners to not sell the land. The panchayat has also alleged that land was forcibly acquired from farmers for widening of the approach road to the village, which is required for the terminal to operate.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

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:

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)

National Green Tribunal

Case Number

Appeal No. 2 / 2016

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Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Objections as part of official procedures

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Sociedade de Fomento Industrial Pvt Ltd

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