Road Widening Project Displaces Old Shopkeepers Near Jallianwala Bagh

Reported by

Damandeep Singh

Published on

July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

Updated on

July 17, 2017

Location of Conflict

Amritsar

Amritsar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

1000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

1998

State

Punjab

Sector

Infrastructure

In 1998, the Amritsar administration conceptualised the Jallianwala Bagh roadwidening scheme. The 1.5 kmroad stretch was to be widened by 80 feet to ease traffic congestion on the way to the Golden Temple. However, due to resistance by people whose shops and houses were to be demolished, the project was put on hold. The aggrieved shopkeepers had gone to the High Court and its width was reduced to 60 feet. Then they approached the Supreme Court following which the road width was again reduced to 40 feet. No work began until June 2013 when the Land Acquisition Department served a 15day notice to the occupants of about 140 shops and houses to vacate their premises. On 13 July 2013 at 4:00 in the morning, amidst heavy police security, Amritsar Improvement Trust demolished about 140 shops and houses from Ghee Mandi Chowk to the Jallianwala Bagh area. Reportedly, around 1,000 people were affected. The compensation of about 8.98 crores has been paid only to the owner of shops.However, tenants of shops demanded separate rehabilitation package. Although the government has proposed rehabilitation scheme which include relocation to new sites in areas such as Jahajgarh, Ranjit Avenue, Mall Mandi and New Amritsar. But the tenants of these shops are unhappy and staged a protest saying that these areas are too far from Jallianwala Bagh and that they will lose their old customers.

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Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Amritsar Improvement Trust, Land Acquistion Department

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