The residents of four villages in Jharkhand's Seraikela-Kharsawan district face the risk of displacement from the Suru Medium Irrigation Project. Under the project, the state's Department of Water Resources plans to irrigate some 4,000 hectares of farmland by building a reservoir on the Suru River. While this would benefit farmers throughout the reservoir's newly irrigated area, the creation of the dam is likely to inundate the neighbouring villages of Chaitanpur, Raziama, Redadah and Barsiadah. The project was conceived in 1982, but work did not begin until 2005. Moreover, the state did not secure the consent of the villagers (need a URL for this), violating the Forest Rights Act, 2006. It has also failed to offer them a resettlement and rehabilitation package. (Again would need the URL) In March 2017, Sujeeta Tudu, a community correspondent for Video Volunteers, a human rights non-profit, documented how the project has affected her community. Protests have been held twice so far, during which at least seven persons have been subjected to tear gas. Seraikela-Kharsawan Land Reform Deputy Collector Kunj Bihari Pandey told Tudu that he was not the concerned authority when the violations happened and that the villagers should submit an application to the appropriate official. The local people have also submitted several Right to Information applications to the district collector to halt the construction of the dam, but they are yet to receive a satisfactory response from the government. Sunalal Munda, one of the affected farmers, said, "We have not received any other land where we can move to." Meanwhile, work on the dam continues in the absence of a clear resettlement and rehabilitation plan from the state. According to the Department of Economic Affairs, only about two per cent of the work was completed as of April 2016. The project now has a revised deadline of December 31, 2019.
Demand for rehabilitation
Urban and Rural
Forest and Non-Forest
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws, Forest Rights Act of 2006
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-implementation / violation of the FRA
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)
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Displacement, Lathi charge/tear gas/pellets
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?
Reported Details of the Violation:
Destruction of property
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
State Water Resources Department; State Revenue, Registration and Land Reforms Department; State Forest 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?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict: