Village Residents Protest Against Oil Exploration in Imphal

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Atom Samarendra SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 28, 2019

Location of Conflict



Imphal West

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Petroleum and Gas



People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)






On 12th May 2017, Asian Oilfield Services Limited started testing for the presence of oil in Khaidem village in Imphal. But they did not inform the village residents. They were using explosives to blast the ground to check the presence of oil. When people learned about this, they gathered near the survey site and started protesting. They demanded the company of stopping the work, and provide all details of their project, such as Detailed Project Report, the Environmental Impact Assessment, Social Impact Assessment, Environment Management Plan and all agreements made among the Government of India, Government of Manipur and the company. Village residents fear that the oil exploration and drilling would pollute their land and the environment of the region. They say that they will not let any exploration happen without their permission. Asian Oil Fields claims to have signed a contract with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas to test the presence of oil in the region. It is not clear how much land will be affected because the survey work for the presence of oil could not be completed. There has been no land acquisition so far.

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Type of Land


Private and Common

Type of Common Land

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Manipur, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Jubiliant Oil and Gas Private Limited, Asian Oilfield

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