Tehri Dam Displaces 40 Villages in Uttarakhand, Oustees Demand Revenue Village Status

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Ishan

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Published on

June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

Updated on

June 13, 2017

Location of Conflict

Pathri

Haridwar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

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People Affected by Conflict

24000

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

12

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Starting Year

2007

State

Uttarakhand

Sector

Land Use

The government initiated a multipurpose dam in Tehri Garhwal district in 1962, and 40 villages were displaced to construct it. In 1979, the displaced were rehabilitated to Pathri Part 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Haridwar. The outsees rehabilitated have not been provided with land rights on the rehabilitated land nor do they have basic amenities, such as healthcare and transport. They have been demanding land rights for at least 35 years to every state government in power, but no one paid heed. Due to lack of legal rights over the land, the outsees have been unable to avail any government facility, such as ration card and subsidies, or apply for bank loans. They have no property documents, although in 2004, some families received an occupancy certificate. In 2015, four decades after their struggle, the Uttarakhand government finally recognised three villages as revenue villages. With this recognition, these villages are now entitled to land rights and basic amenities, such as electricity, water, health services, educational institutions and banks. The three villages belong to Pathri Part 2, 3 and 4 and have been renamed Tehri Bhagirathi Nagar, Ghonti Village and Chhaam by the district magistrate. But the villages in Part 1 are yet to get a revenue village status. In 2017, a delegation of the affected people met with officials of the Tehri Hydro Power Corporation to tell them about their problems after resettlement, following which efforts were made to form village panchayats in the area to undertake developmental work. Nine villages that were displaced were declared revenue villages in August 2020, making them eligible for government schemes. As of October 2020, six panchayats were formed.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

8392

Type of investment:

Revised Investment

Year of Estimation

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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:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

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Irrigation department

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