Surat Farmers Claim Fertile Land Re-included in Gujarat's Development Plan Without Consent

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Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

June 22, 2021

Location of Conflict

Surat

Surat

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

50000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

98516

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Starting Year

2015

State

Gujarat

Sector

Infrastructure

The Surat Development Plan 2035, which is being prepared by the Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA), has seen a lot of back and forth between SUDA and the Central government. So far, there have been three protests by residents of the villages that are likely to be impacted by the Development Plan. In 2015, 104 villages of Olpad, Choryasi, Kamrej, Palsana and Mangrol tehsils were brought under the jurisdiction of SUDA. However, in 2016, 56 of these villages were removed from the draft of the Development Plan. In January 2019, the reinclusion of 22 villages each in Olpad and Kamrej tehsils and two villages in Palsana tehsil in Surat, from among the 56 villages that were removed, was mandated for the construction of the 120feet ring road project proposed by the Centre. After the reinclusion was announced, around 150 farmers from 10 of the affected villages in Olpad and Kamrej voiced their protest in Sandhiyer village. They alleged that the government went about excluding and including villages in the Development Plan without any consultation. They also claimed that the land in question is agricultural land and that there have been devastating effects in the past when the land was brought under SUDA in 1978 for developmental purpose. According to Gujarat Khedut Samaj, a farmers' body based in Ahmedabad, soil fertility and groundwater table suffered in the neighbouring areas, and animal husbandry and local livelihoods, such as dairy farming, took a hit. The villages did not see any infrastructural development and still lack basic facilities, such as drainage and continuous water and electricity supply. Despite their protests, in October 2020, the Gujarat government approved the Draft Development Plan after finalising it. The objective of the Surat Development Plan is to regulate and guide urban growth in the development authority area in a planned manner. SUDA plans to build industrial corridors and townships on the land. The total cost estimate for the entire plan until 2035 is INR 30,293 crore.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

30293

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Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

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:

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 Gujarat

Case Number

WP. 1480/2016

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Surat Municipal Corporation, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Surat Urban Development Authority

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