Farmers Await Promised Compensation for Land Acquired for Tumkur-Rayadurga Railway Project in Karnataka

Reported by

Deepak C N

Published on

October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

Updated on

October 19, 2016

Location of Conflict

Tumkur

Tumkur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Railways

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

2880

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

543

ha

Starting Year

2007

State

Karnataka

Sector

Infrastructure

Farmers and villagers along the stretch of the proposed new railway line between Tumkur in Karnataka and Rayadurga in Andhra Pradesh have delayed the project, which was sanctioned by the Ministry of Railways in 200607. A total of 102 kilometres of the proposed 213kilometre railway line passes through Karnataka, while a length of 111 kilometres will pass through Andhra Pradesh. The new line is estimated to reduce the distance between Bengaluru and Bellary by at least 30 kilometres and provide rail connectivity to backward regions in Karnataka Koratagere, Madhugiri and Pavagada. However, land acquisition for the project has proven to be a formidable hurdle. Since 2012, farmers have been agitating for higher compensation. When Deputy Commissioner (DC) R.K. Raju held a meeting with farmers over the acquisition in 2012, they demanded a compensation of INR 67 lakh per unit of land to be acquired for the project, which was more than the guidance value. Along with a higher compensation, they alo demanded job for one family member from each family who would lose their land as well as allotment of government land. The DC noted their demands, stating that he would submit a proposal to the government. As per a report in 2014, not a single acre of land had been handed over to the Southwestern Railways even years after the project was sanctioned. However, it was later reported in the same year that though 47 acres of land near Tumkur were handed over to Southwestern Railways in January 2014, work was yet to commence as farmers continued to agitate, demanding higher compensation. In 2015, it was reported that work on the railway line could not be started as compensation was yet to be paid and farmers continued to agitate. Reportedly, the state government failed to pay the compensation even though the Railways had already deposited INR 44.41 crore with the Special Land Acquisition Officer. According to a project report updated in 2018, 25 per cent of the project had been completed and close to 266 acres had been handed over by the Karnataka government to the Railways. LCW was unable to reach the Tumkur special land acquisition officer for comments. On June 7, 2019, LCW spoke to Anand Patel, president of the Tumkur faction of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, who said that some farmers had reportedly received notification of compensation but that the case was nowhere close to being resolved.  In February 2021, it was reported that construction for the railway line would finally begin from June 2021. As per the report, preparatory work in engineering, procurement and construction mode has been initiated.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Demand for employment

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for promised land

Demand for rehabilitation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

2062

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

Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 4 [Preliminary notification to acquire land for a public purpose]; Section 6 [Declaration that the land is required for a public purpose]; Section 11 [Compensation to be determined by District Collector in his award]; Section 9 [Requirement of issuing notice to persons interested in land being acquired]; Section 18 [Any person interested who has not accepted the award may require the amount of compensation to be referred by District Collector for the determination of the court]; Section 28A [Re-determination of the amount of compensation on the basis of the award of the court]
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 64 [Any person interested who has not accepted the award may require the amount of compensation to be referred by District Collector for the determination of the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authority]; Section 16 [Preparation of Rehabilitation and Resettlement Scheme]; Section 24 [Where an award under the 1984 Act has been made five years or more prior to the commencement of the 2013 Act but the physical possession of the land has not been taken or compensation has not been paid, the said proceedings shall be deemed to have lapsed]
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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:

No items found.

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

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)

High Court of Karnataka

Case Number

WRIT PETITION No. 23524-23537/2014 (LA-RES) and WRIT PETITION Nos.26802-26807/2014

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Karnataka, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Ministry of Railways

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