Land Owners in Karnataka's Udupi Demand Return of Excess Land Acquired by KIADB

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Deepak C N

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Published on

October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

Updated on

October 19, 2016

Location of Conflict

Nadsal, Hejamady, Nandikuru and Palimar

Udupi

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Renewable Power

This project is a SEZ project to manaufacture Wind Turbines.

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People Affected by Conflict

2000

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

260

ha

Starting Year

2006

State

Karnataka

Sector

Power

In 2006, Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) acquired around 641.915 acres of land in Nadsal, Hejamady, Nandikuru and Palimar villages in Udupi district for turbine maker Suzlon Energy Limited to build windmills in these villages. However, over the years, the land changed hands to Synefra Engineering and Construction Limited and from them to Aspen Infra Limited. Notably, the villages were also been identified as Special Economic Zones since 2007. In 2016, it was reported that Aspen Infra Limited was attempting to sell around 147 acres of the acquired land to a bidder. Land owners who had lost their land alleged that KIADB acquired excess land than required and that frequent changes in ownership had led to largescale fraud. This was also echoed by social activists Lolaksha and Vidya Dinker, who highlighted how 641 acres of land were acquired by KIADB for Suzlon despite the latter's 'official' requirement of 150 acres as was publicly stated. It was also brought to attention that nearly 500 acres of land had remained unutilised. In a 2016 report, Lolaksha informed that Suzlon R and R Colony Abhivruddhi Samiti had lodged a protest against the proposed sale by Aspen Infra Limited via a letter to Rathna Prabha, additional chief secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce. They demanded that all vacant lands should be returned to their original owners under the 'zameen wapsi' (land return) scheme. Further, criticising the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act, 1966, as a legal instrument to facilitate land grabs, the activists demanded immediate repeal of the law and for the state government to publish a white paper delineating various land allotments to the SEZs in the state. From May 2428, 2019, LCW spoke to several members of the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti with the help of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha who reiterated their relentless demand for the return of the excess land acquired. 

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand to get back acquired land

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Return of excess land acquired for the project

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1000

Type of investment:

Investment Made

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

Central/State Government Policy, Land Acquisition Laws, Other, Case Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act, 1966
Section 28 [Acquisition of land under the Act.]
Karnataka Industrial Policy, 2014-19
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Karnataka HC in WP no. 59461-59462 of 2014 [The state cannot exercise power under the KIAD Act without adhering to the provisions of the 2013 Act and the Rules thereunder]; Section 24(2) [In case of land acquisition proceedings initiated under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, where an award under the said Section 11 has been made five years or more prior to the commencement of this Act but the compensation has not been paid, the said proceedings shall be deemed to have lapsed]
Special Economic Zones Act, 2005
Section 4 [Notification of an area as SEZ by the government]
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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:

Out of Court

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:

The local people have lost their homes, cultivable farms and have not been rehabilitated.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Development of a network or collective

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board

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:

Suzlon Infrastructure Limited, M/s. Synefra Engineering & Construction Limited

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Suzlon R&R Colony Abhivruddhi Samithi; Manava Hakku Parishath, Mangaluru; Dalith Sangarsh Samithi

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