Shamuka Tourism Project

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Sibasish RayLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

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In 1994, the Odisha High Court directed the state to distribute 214 acres and another 33 acres of ceiling surplus land among the poor along with land titles. Only a few of the families were given pattas, but not the land. Recently, the government included this land in its Land Acquisition Programme for the upcoming Samukha Tourism project. This has led to a renewed conflict. For the Shamuka project, 982 acres was decided to be acquired in the Mauza Sipasarubali. The conflict took place when the government instead of complying with Odisha High Court order of 1994, started creating a fence around the land in an area of 1,307 acre. This led to a protest by people from more than 20 villages who united under the banner of Upakuliya Jami O Jangal Suraksha Samithi (UJJSS). They appealed to the government to give them the legal right over the land. On July 15, 2015, the National Green Tribunal stayed the work on the project. However, the conflict is still ongoing as the high court order has not been followed.

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Odisha Tourism Department, Revenue department of Odisha

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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Samuka tourism Project

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Prafulla Samantra, Puri Beach Protection Council, Upakulia Jami O Jungle Surakshya Samiti

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Sibasish Ray

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Sibasish Ray

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