At Least 400 Families in Odisha Protest the Construction of Astaranga Port

Reported by

Sibasish Ray

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Published on

October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016

Updated on

October 10, 2016

Location of Conflict

Astaranga

Puri

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Port

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People Affected by Conflict

25000

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1578

ha

Starting Year

2008

State

Odisha

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2008, the Odisha government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyderabadbased developer Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd for setting up a port in Astaranga in Puri, with a capacity of 25 million tonnes per annum and an investment of Rs. 6,000 crores. Astaranga port is expected to be an allweather, multiuser port built on the BOOST (build, own, operate, share and transfer) model. The land acquisition process targeted 1,670.1 acres of government land (most of it under public possession) and 3,926.729 acres of private land, spread across 15 villages. The project will affect 55,000 villagers, and about 25,000 fishermen risk losing their livelihood. The local people have been protesting the project since the signing of the MoU. In 2014, around 400 families from 7 villages took a vow at the Gomukhi Keshab temple to oppose land acquisition for the project. Both land acquisition and construction work have been halted as the project is facing many legal hurdles. As of January 2021, State Commerce and transport minister Padmanabha Behera, reviewed the port project and called on officials for a speedy resolution of the bottlenecks.

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):

7417

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

Legislations/Policies Involved

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 2(2)(b)(1) [Consent of at least 80% of the affected families needs to be obtained by a private company acquiring land for a public purpose]; Section 109(2)(a) [The State Government has the power to make rules regarding the process of obtaining prior consent as per the provisions of Section 2]
Odisha Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Rules, 2015
Section 21(3) [The Land Acquisition Officer shall call a meeting to explain the purpose of obtaining consent to all the affected persons]; Section 21(6) [No affected family shall be compelled to give their consent for land acquisition]
Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006
Section 2 [All new projects involving ports with over 5 million TPA of cargo handling capacity must receive prior environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests]
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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:

Non-implementation/violation of LARR Act

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Odisha

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:

No

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

No items found.

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Odisha state Government

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:

Navayuga Engineering Company

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Peer Jahania Bitamati Surakshya Mancha, Gomukhi Keshab Surakshya Manch

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