Jaipur Shopkeepers Demand Compensation for Losing Land to Gopalpura Road Widening Project

Reported by

Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 20, 2021

Location of Conflict

Jaipur

Jaipur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

338

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Infrastructure

A little over two decades ago when Jaipur city was expanding, several shopkeepers allegedly encroached on the sides of the main roads, like Gopalpura road, and set up shops. Over years, traffic congestion emerged as a persistent issue on the road. In September 2016, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) proposed to widen the road upto 160 feet and served notices to 338 shopkeepers around Gopalpura road to vacate their shops as they will be demolished. Shopkeepers protested and demanded compensation. The matter was shelved for a while. But recently due to rising traffic woes, JDA has decided to demolish these shops and widen the road. JDA Commissioner Vaibhav Galaria told LCW that these shops were built on the government land, and that these encroachments are causing traffic issues. He said that demand of compensation is unjustified as the encroachments engage in commercial activities. However, Gopalpura Bypass Vyapar Mandal President Govind Agarwal said that they have their shops from more than two decades. People should be compensated and that they will continue to protest. A case is pending in Rajasthan High Court concerning the demands of the shopkeepers. While the road the shops were demolished and the road was widened in 2018, the demands of the protesters remain pending.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for compensation, Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Demand for revising the Jaipur Master Plan, 2025 to decrease the width of the road

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

80

Type of investment:

Investment Expected

Year of Estimation

2016

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Jaipur Development Authority Act, 1982

    Section 25 [Empowers the Authority to modify plans and lays down the procedure for the same]; Section 44 [The Authority may enter into an agreement to purchase, exchange or lease any land or interest in land that it wishes to acquire from any person]; Section 72 [Empowers the Authority to remove any encroachment on land/ space not being private property and also provides for penalty for making such encroachment]

  2. Jaipur Master Development Plan, 2025

    Volume 2, Chapter 2.10 [Existing road network in Jaipur U1 area]

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

No

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:

Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land, Lack of legal protection over land rights, Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Rajasthan High Court

Case Number

C.W. Case no. 15238 of 2017

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Jaipur Development Authority

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Yes

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Vaibhav Galaria, JDA Commissioner He told LCW researcher that these shops were built on the government land, and that these encroachments are causing traffic issues.

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

N/A

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Resources Related to Conflict

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Documented By

Ashish Gaur

Reviewed By

Ashish Gaur

Updated By

Ashish Gaur

Edited By

Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch
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