Residents Oppose Tubewells, Vibhuti Park at Fatehsagar Lake in Udaipur

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Manish Tiwari

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October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016

Updated on

October 5, 2016

Location of Conflict

Fatehsagar

Udaipur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Tourism

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2011

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Industry

Fatehsagar is the largest of four lakes in Udaipur, and holds about 427 mcft of water. The lake has been witness to detrimental activities such as digging of deep borewells near the dam safety zone, and haphazard drilling of trenches. It has resulted in collapse of earth and silting of the dam. Experts warn of an impending disaster in the Fatehsagar dam. Tubewells were dug in the lake bed between 1995 and 2010. These still exist, though they are not in use. More tubewells are situated very close to downstream of the dam. As per norms, downstream of the dam up to a minimum of 500 metres is deemed as dam safety zone, says Anil Mehta, member of nonprofit Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti. He argues that no activity should be permitted there. However, the dam safety division of the state department has not taken cognisance of the violation. The state government in 2014 had constructed a park in the Fatehsagar Lake area despite continuos protests and opposition by local communities and environmentalists there.As the authorities planned further construction and installation of statues in the park, it has become a point of conflict. A group of concerned citizens challenged this in the High Court. In 2017, the state High Court directed the district municipal corporation to have the matter examined and proceed with the construction of the park by considering the objections raised by an expert committee and ensuring that no damage is caused to the dam. With respect to the tube wells near the dam, the court directed the authority established under the Rajasthan Lakes (Protection and Development) Authority Act, 2015 to examine the effect of the tube wells and take necessary steps in the matter. While the construction of statues started in 2019, as of September 2021, the works are stalled.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for better access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1.5

Type of investment:

Investment Made

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

February 2014

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Environmental Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Municipal Corporation, Udaipur (Controlled Construction Area, Building By-laws) By-Laws, 2013
Rajasthan Lakes (Protection and Development) Authority Act, 2015
Sections 5, 6 and 8 [State Government to constitute an authority to discharge the functions under the Act including the protection and development of lakes and regulation of activities in protected areas.]
Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009
Section 45(w) [Core function of a municipality includes taking measures for beautification of the municipal area by setting up parks and fountains, providing recreational areas, improving river banks, and landscaping.]
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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:

Violation of environmental laws

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Rajasthan High Court

Case Number

D.B. Civil Writ Petition (P.I.L) No. 7077/2014, D.B. Civil Writ Petition (P.I.L) No. 4477/2015

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Location of Violation

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Udaipur Municipal Corporation

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