Madras High Court Allows Takeover of Land in Thiruvallur for SIPCOT Industrial Park

Reported by

Sundara Babu NagappanLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

March 21, 2021

Location of Conflict

Thervoy Kandigai

,

Thiruvallur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

1200

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

456

ha

State

Tamil Nadu

Sector

Infrastructure

The State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) has set up an Industrial Park in Thervoy Kandigai village in Tamil Nadu's Thiruvallur district. The State Government had alienated at least 1000 acres of land in the area for the construction of the park. The government through SIPCOT had acquired Community Forest land, documented originally as Meikkal Poromboke land (common grazing land) under Thervoy Kandigai Panchayat, which for several decades has been used by the villagers, especially members of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities. Since the project went public in 2007, the villagers have held several demonstrations, written to several officials, etc. opposing the project as it would destroy their forest lands. A former Panchayat President of Thervoy, Anbhazhgan, echoes the sentiment of the entire village– "Take our houses, not the forest. No one has got the right to destroy the forest." Thervoy is also reported to be an important catchment area, supplying the water requirements to at least 22 villages around the area. Reports also suggest that almost 1 lakh of the area's population depend on this source for their water needs. Since then, several villagers spearheading the protests had been slapped with false cases and arrested over the years. In September 2020, when Land Conflict Watch tried to get in touch with activists involved in the protests, they stated that the protests seem to have died down, since the park has been up and running for several years.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

240

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

456

ha

Starting Year

2007

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources, Opposition against environmental degradation

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT)

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Michelin Tyre France , Bekaert Belgium

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Sirapu Porulaathara Mandala Edirupu Iyyakkam. Dalit Mannurimai Kootamaipu, National Alliance of Peoples Movements, local units of most political parties and more than 25 civil society groups, Dalit Mannurimai Kootamaipu, National Alliance of Peoples Movements, Local units of most political parties

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

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