Farmers Oppose Trichy Airport Expansion Project

Reported by

Sundara Babu Nagappan

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Published on

October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016

Updated on

October 2, 2016

Location of Conflict

Nathamadipatti

Tiruchirappalli

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Airport

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People Affected by Conflict

2200

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

140

ha

Starting Year

2012

State

Tamil Nadu

Sector

Infrastructure

The Tiruchirapalli airport was established by the British government during World War II, and primarily used by the British Airforce. In 1941, the airport commenced operations to accommodate commercial flights. The airport was mainly used as a customs airport for the import and export of goods to foreign countries until 2011. It received international status from the Civil Aviation Ministry of India in October 2012.
In 2004, the government began work to undertake expansion of the airport, which was to be done in phases. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) had sought around 600 acres for the expansion. This included around 300 acres of wetlands and agricultural land which would have to be acquired from farmers in the area.
The farmers of region, particularly of Keezhakurichi and Nathamadipatti villages had opposed the acquisition of agricultural land and the construction of the project, saying it would affect their livelihoods. Residents also contend that the airport expansion would leave them without a direct link road to the city. The Nathamadipatti-Golden Rock Road is the main access to the city. This will be closed down once the land is taken over by AAI, and people will be forced to take a very long detour.
Upto 2019, 27 persons have approached the courts against acquisition of land although district officials have claimed that the people have agreed to give up their lands for the compensation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common and Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land), Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

800

Type of investment:

Investment Expected

Year of Estimation

2004

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

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2014
Section 105-A [Provisions of this Act not to apply to the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997]
Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997
Section 3(1) [Power to acquire land for any industrial purpose by publishing a notice in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette]; Section 3(2) [Before publishing notice, call owners to show cause why the land should not be acquired and issue a public notice]; Section 3(3) [Power to pass order under Section 3(1) after hearing the cause]; Section 6 [Right to receive amount]; Section 7 [Determination of amount]; Section 12 [Payment of interest]; Section 21 [Land Acquisition Act not to apply].
Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Rules, 2001
Rule 3 [Issue of show cause notice by the Government]; Rule 10 [Determination of amount by agreement]; Rule 11 [Proceedings of the Collector determining the amount].
Airports Authority of India Act, 1994
Section 19 [Compulsory acquisition of land for the Authority]
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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:

Constitutional inconsistencies between state and Union land laws

Controversial land acquisition by the government

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Legal Status:

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Airport Authority of India (AAI)

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:

Confederation of India Industries, Air, Rail and Road Travellers Federation

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Residents of Keezhakurichi village

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