Residents in Krishnagiri Protest Against Takeover of Land by SIPCOT

Reported by

Sundara Babu NagappanLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 5, 2021

Location of Conflict

Shoolagiri

Krishnagiri

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Manufacturing

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People Affected by Conflict

9530

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

886

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Starting Year

2015

State

Tamil Nadu

Sector

Industry

The Tamil Nadu government has alienated around 2762 acres of land near Shoolagiri in Krishnagiri district for the construction of an Industrial park by the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamilnadu Ltd (SIPCOT). The state government had announced that the third and fourth manufacturing zones by SIPCOT would be established near Shoolagiri in Hosur Taluk, Krishnagiri district. Out of the 2762 acres, only 572 acres of land belonged to the government while the rest of the land had to be acquired. This included 2190 acres of cultivable lands from several villages including Atakurikki, Kothapalli and Thoripalli. However, residents here have opposed the project as it would mean giving up their agricultural lands, which they are completely dependent on for their livelihoods. They have also added that most of their agricultural lands were demarcated as fallow lands and notified for acquisition. According to Dilli Babu, Harur MLA, the land was earlier acquired for two similar industrial estates under SIPCOT, and over 236 units seemed nonfunctional. The residents have also argued that the land includes a watershed area, as it is situated around the Kelavarapalli dam and irrigated by the Thenpennai river. P.Shanmugam, who serves as the State general secretary of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, has stated that almost 90 per cent of the farmers here are small and marginal farmers. When Land Conflict Watch tried to contact activists in August 2020 to get updates on the status of the conflict, they stated that the project was already up and running, and protests seem to have died down.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project, Complaint against procedural violations

Region Classification

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land), Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2400

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

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:

Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

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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

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

SIPCOT, Government of Tamil Nadu

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Communist Party of India (Marxist), Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)

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Updated By

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