GJ: Farmers protest land acquisition for industrial hub

Farmers in Gujarat’s Dholera region, about 100 km from Ahmedabad, are fiercely opposed to their agricultural land being taken away for an ambitious industrial project backed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.The Dholera Special Investment Region was announced by the state government in 2009. Spread over 920 square kilometer area, the project aims to create a global manufacturing and trading hub in the state.Despite protest by the farmers, the state government carried out surveys and land acquisition in the area. In October last year, notices were sent to the villagers informing them that their land was being acquired. While the state government has been maintaining a silence over the issue, the district administration says the villagers would be adequately...

TN: Villagers protest land acquisition for Tiruvallur reservoir project

Amidst opposition from villagers, the Water Resources Department (WRD) is looking to expedite the creation of a reservoir in Thervoy Kandigai and Kannankottai villages in Tiruvallur district to store and supply water to Chennai. A major chunk of the necessary land has been acquired.With nearly 750 acres of patta lands handed over for the project, the WRD plans to start the major work of linking the two water bodies in Thervoy Kandigai and Kannankottai to form a reservoir. This would hold 1,000 million cubic feet of water when filled twice.The WRD and Tiruvallur district administration have been facing protests from the villagers, particularly in Kannankottai. Of the 800 acres of patta lands needed for the Rs. 330 crore project, nearly 600 acres fall in Kannankottai village. Last week, the department started the process of providing interim compensation to land owners in these villages, officials...

MH: Raigad farmers to protest forceful land acquisition

Farmers from 78 villages of Mangaon, Roha and Tala tehsil in Raigad district will be protesting on Wednesday against the alleged forceful land acquisition for Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. The farmers, who are organized under the banner of Anti-Corridor Struggle Action Committee, will protest the acquisition of 67,500 acres for the Dighi Port Industrial area in Raigad district. They claim that the agitation is to save their agricultural land and livelihoods. They will march to the Sub Divisional Office of the land acquisition authority located at Mangoan in the morning.A member of the committee, Ulka Mahajan said, “The project will render farmers from 78 villages landless and also snatch away their allied livelihood. All the panchayats have unanimously resolved not to give away their land. They have been agitating for 18 months.” She added that the Central government and the then-CEO of the DMIC asked the state government to drop Dighi Port from DMIC project. Despite this move, the state government is acquiring the land, ‘without the consent of the land...

TN: Property dispute led to Woman attempts self-immolation at Madurai

A 52-year-old woman attempted self-immolation on the Madurai collectorate premises on Monday over the failure of police to act on a complaint filed by her. The woman, A Ramu from Kosakulam, came to the collectorate carrying kerosene in a bottle and doused herself in it. Police personnel deployed at the collectorate stopped her when she was trying to set herself ablaze.Later, the Tallakulam police took her into custody. During interrogation, she told the police that a couple, Ganesh and his wife Kaladevi, who got acquainted with her, used her five and half cents of land in Mathur area as a collateral for a car loan. Later, instead of returning the land, they forged her signature and grabbed the...

WB: DVC project stalled in land protest

Purulia district magistrate Tanmoy Chakraborty has asked the Damodar Valley Corporation to put on hold the laying of water pipes required for a thermal power plant unit, saying he wants to talk to a section of land-losers who are protesting seeking jobs.The first 600MW unit in the first phase of the DVC’s 2520MW Raghunathpur Thermal Power Project is set for commissioning in November. Water supply essential for thermal power generation will be sourced from the Panchet dam, 10.5km from the project, situated at Dumdumi in Raghunathpur sub-division of Purulia. “The laying of the water corridor, which is 20m wide all along the 10.5km length, involves taking up of a total of 51 acre. This will enable setting up of pipelines which have to carry 3,000 cubic metres of water per hour for each of the four units that will ultimately come up at Dumdumi,” said Debashis Dutta, the superintending engineer of the project. District officials said the acquisition process had started in 2007-2008 and the compensation offered was between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh per acre. “There are about 1,600 land-losers, of whom about 700 people have taken their compensation cheques,” an official said.“Landowners of 80 per cent of the plots that have been acquired have collected their cheques. The remaining 20 per cent of the land was, however, owned by 50 per cent of the landowners. Since their holdings were small and the compensation amount was not that significant, they have demanded jobs with the DVC as well. This is where the stalemate lies,” the SDO explained. Dutta said a little over 1km of the pipeline...

WB: Villagers stall rail project in Burdwan

Dozens from seven villages in Burdwan Sadar sub-division have stalled work on the Burdwan-Katwa gauge conversion project since Sunday to protest against the closure of a railway halt that used to serve their area. Villagers from Malkita, Mangira, Bagha, Panchpara, Sindal, Palitpur and Mirzapur are demanding that the halt at Kamnara, around 6.5 km from Burdwan station, be reopened. The halt at Kamnara was closed down on April 15 as part of the shutdown of the Burdwan-Bolgona narrow gauge line for conversion. The 53-km journey from Katwa to Burdwan used to take four hours by the narrow gauge line. At present, it takes three hours to complete the journey by bus. After gauge conversion, it will take only one and a half hours to cover the distance. Abhijit Bal, one of the agitating villagers, told TOI that around 20,000 people have been directly affected by the closure of the halt at Kamnara. “There are about 20 mills, including big rice mills, a block hospital, seven government offices and two schools in the area. The people are facing huge difficulties due to the decision of the railways to shut down the halt,” he...