Jharkhand Village Refuses to Surrender Land for Dhalbhumgarh Airport Fearing Displacement

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July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017

Updated on

July 24, 2017

Location of Conflict

Devshol, Narsingarh

Kokepara and Burudih villages

East Singhbhum

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Airport

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People Affected by Conflict

300

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

221

ha

Starting Year

2017

State

Jharkhand

Sector

Infrastructure

Since 2017, residents of Devshol village have been opposing the New Jamshedpur International Airport, also known as Dhalbhumgarh Airport. The airport will be an expansion of the World War II era airstrip in Dhalbhumgarh block in East Singhbhum district. Even the villages situated on the periphery of the proposed airport have opposed the project in several Gram Sabha meetings. Three villages Kokepara, Devshol and Burudih are likely to be displaced. "We have decided against the construction of the airport as it will displace many people," Dakhin Hansda, sarpanch of Devshol panchayat, told LCW.
Around 84 acres of land would be acquired from the villages for the airport. In 2019, the Airports Authority of India gave its consent to the project, following which the state government directed the district administration to identify land. The residents of Devshol village say they will not let the administration survey or measure the land. Hansda pointed out that Devshol village falls under the Fifth Schedule that allows residents to decide on the land use. Meanwhile, Circle Officer of Dhalmgarh Harish Chandra Munda feels that _prima facie _the land of only a few families in Ruasole village would be acquired. He, however, added that there might be a need for additional land for housing, hotels and allied infrastructure for the airport, which may call for acquisition of more land later. "At present, we feel there is enough land, but if there's a need, a dialogue will be held with the agitating villagers," he said. In 2020, the projectaffected people led several protests.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

100

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006
Section 3(1)(f): [Forest dwellers have rights over disputed land regardless of the nature of the dispute]; Section 3 (proviso ii): [Clearance for developmental projects is subject to Gram Sabha approval]; Section 4(1): [All forest rights mentioned in Section 3 of the Act vest in traditional forest dwellers or forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes]; Section 4(5): [No member of a forest dwelling Scheduled Tribe or other traditional forest dweller can be evicted or removed from forestland till recognition and verification procedure is completed]
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 26 and 27 read with Schedule I: [Calculation of market rate and determination of compensation amount to be paid]; Section 28: [Parameters to be considered by District Collector while determining compensation]; Section 31(1) read with Schedule II: [R&R award for affected families]; Section 77: [Payment of compensation to interested persons or deposit in Authority]; First Schedule: [This Schedule contains the components that should constitute the minimum compensation package to be given to those who lose their land]; Second Schedule: [This Schedule provides for the components of the rehabilitation entitlements of land owners who lose land]
Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Section 4(i): [Consultation with Gram Sabha is mandatory before undertaking any land acquisition or development project]
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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:

Controversial land acquisition by the government

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Airports Aurhority of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

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