Farmers protest against Tetka irrigation dam in Shahdol district

Reported by

Arpit Deshmukh

Published on

January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

Updated on

January 20, 2017

Location of Conflict

Tetka

Shahdol

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

240

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

67

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Madhya Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2016, the Water Resources Department of the Madhya Pradesh government proposed to construct an Irrigation dam in Tetka village in Jaysinghnagar tehsil of Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh. The project will require an investment of 13.85 crores and will supposedly benefit 320 farmers on at least 500 ha of land. However, 50 farmers will also lose 75 ha of fertile land. This is not the first time that the farmers of Jaysinghnagar will be affected. In 2013, lands of hundreds of farmers was submerged by Jhalamala reservoir. They alleged that now the remaining land will be destroyed by the Tetka dam. With this they will be left with no land.  The farmers demanded that either the place of construction of the dam should be changed or, government or common land should be acquired instead of private land. The farmers lodged a complaint with the collector and commissioner demanding the change of place to a different site, which was ignored. In 2017, a person from Tetka village filed a petition demanding that the dam should not be constructed, if it is required to construct, it should be done on government land or common land. However, the court dismissed the Writ Petition on 23rd January 2017 citing lack of jurisdiction over executive functions of the State. In 2018, according to the Madhya Pradesh state Government report, the work was stopped due to water shortage in the river.  Land Conflict Watch spoke to Santosh Agarwal, Madhya Pradesh state president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union on 18 July, 2020. He said that the struggle has been ongoing against the Tetka Dam. The Dam hasn't been built. The people haven't been given any compensation for their land acquired, yet. The farmers are worried because in another village in Shahdol division, the Bhadar Irrigation Dam was built in 2014. The dam lately has developed cracks in the Infrastructure, due to which it is not able to stagnate water and provide for irrigation. The villagers affected by Bhadar Dam are still awaiting the compensation for their acquired land. The farmers in Tetka fear the same fate.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for promised compensation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

13.58

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

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:

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Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Madhya Pradesh High Court

Case Number

Writ Petition No. 890 of 2017

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Self-immolation

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Water Resource Department

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