Railway Line Affected Farmers Demand Adequate Compensation

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Sandeep PattnaikLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

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The government is executing a 102km long railway line project in PublicPrivatePartnership (PPP) Model, in the Duburi Anugul Sukinda mining belt and the upcoming Kalinga Nagar industrial complex in Odisha. It will also provide rail connectivity to Kamakhya Nagar and Bhuban in Dhenkanal district. The government is claiming that not a single person will be displaced, however, people living in 49 villages in Dhenkanal, seven in Angul and 13 in Jajpur districts will lose their agricultural land. The government sent the land acquisition notices to the villagers in the year 2007. The conflict started when the affected villagers under the banner of Duburi Anugul Sukinda Railway line Khyatigrasta Chasi Suraksha Committee (Committee for the Protection of Farmers Affected by Duburi Anugul Sukinda Railway line) demanded higher compensation as per the market rate and land for land. On March 22, 2016, the villagers vehemently protested when construction of the railway line started. The work was stopped for nearly two hours. However, the work resumed after police rushed to the spot and arrested 14 persons. The village residents sent a memorandum to the district collector stating that without holding any Gram Sabha or Palli Sabha to seek the consent of land owning farmers for the proposed land acquisition, the government adopted a draconian approach to acquiring their agricultural land by unleashing violent police repression against the villagers. The villagers of Mangalpur and others have not yet taken the compensation amount and demanding to ensure proper compensation as the provisions made under LARR Act 2013 in respect of land acquisition in their area.

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Forest and Non-Forest

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

The Angul Sukinda Railway Limited , The District Collector Jajpur

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Duburi- Anugul -Sukinda- Railway line Khyatigrasta Chasi Surakshya Committee

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