Boxa Tribe Displaced by Haripura Dam in Uttarakhand Fears Eviction, Demands Rights

Reported by

Tarun Joshi

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Published on

September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016

Updated on

September 11, 2016

Location of Conflict

Copa

Udham Singh Nagar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

1195

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

487

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Starting Year

1962

State

Uttarakhand

Sector

Infrastructure

The Haripura dam was built in 1962 in the villages of Copa and Mohali forest in Udham Singh Nagar district. A total of 1203.98 acres of land was acquired by the government for its construction. All the farmers belonging to the Boxa tribe (who had land titles) were offered compensation but they refused and demanded land in return in a different place. Those who did not have land titles were displaced without compensation. After a long struggle, in 1971, 685 acres of Gularbhoj forest area was marked for these farmers and land was distributed to some of the affected families. About 36 farmers did not find their name in the list prepared by the government officials and were unable to get any land. Meanwhile, the land that was distributed is still considered forestland as the procedure to de-notify it and convert it into revenue land has not yet taken place. Thus, the villagers live in constant fear of eviction. They are demanding that they should be given revenue land with formal titles. Those who were not given any land are also demanding land for themselves. A writ petition was filed in the High Court of Uttarakhand in 2018 seeking to quash an order of the principal secretary, irrigation, Government of Uttarakhand, which stated that the plea of transferring 685 acres of forestland to the revenue department was under consideration and that orders would be passed according to the law. The petitioners filed another writ petition before the same court challenging this decision, which the high court dismissed in January 2019 claiming that compensation was already offered to the entitled.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation

Demand for promised land

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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Year of Estimation

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When did it end?

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

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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:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Uttarakhand

Case Number

WPMS/3080/2018

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Irrigation Department

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?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Bhumiheen Sangtan, people of Boxa tribe from Kopa basanta, kopa chera,kopa krupali

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