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...

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...

HR: HC cancels allotment of land to DLF in Gurgaon

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday set aside Haryana government’s decision to allot 350 acre at Wazirabad in Gurgaon to real estate developer DLF in 2010. A division bench of the court, comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Amol Rattan Singh, directed Haryana government to conduct an auction of the land in question by inviting international bids within a month. However, DLF would be able to participate in the auction process. The decision came on a bunch of petitions filed by farmers challenging the acquisition and transfer of the land to DLF, citing that it was a village common land, said their counsel Inderpal Goyat. However, the counsel said the bench upheld the acquisition of the land by state-owned authorities but set aside the land transfer to DLF. DLF had proposed to come up with golf villas at the site. The court had in 2012 restrained DLF developers from carrying out any construction and also from creating any third party rights. In August, 2009, DLF had bagged a 350-acre plot for Rs 1,750 crore for developing a recreation and leisure project. The letter of acceptance was issued to DLF which was found the sucessful bidder by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC). DLF had emerged as the sole bidder for the 350-acre project after the bids of other parties- Unitech and Malaysia-based Consortium comprising Country Heights, Country Club of South Africa and Rajarhat IT Park – could not qualify on technical grounds. The qualified bidder, DLF, had quoted its bid at Rs 12,000 per sq mt against the reserve price of Rs 11,978 per...

KA: Kumaradhara Hydel Project

Expressing their opposition to the proposed 24-MW mini-hydro power project in Urumbi near Kadaba, Puttur taluk, across the Kumaradhara River, the Kumaradhara Parisara Samrakshana Samiti has written to the Chief Minister asking him to scrap the project to save the environment. Justifying their demand, the committee has said the project would adversely affect the reserved forest area around it, while also having consequences on the Western Ghats, which is recognised as a biodiversity hot spot. Moreover, because of the submersion area and the acquisition of agricultural land, nearly 1,500 families would be displaced or lose their livelihoods, claimed the committee in their letter to the Chief Minister. The committee also alleged that Kukke Hydro Power Project Private Ltd. – a subsidiary of Greenko Energies Pvt. Ltd. which is executing the project – has “resorted to intimidation of locals”, while also bringing out false documents to underplay the effects of the project. The committee, headed by N. Karunakara Gogate, has expressed fear that the ‘unscientific’ sanctioning of eight hydel projects on the river would affect water availability for drinking and agricultural...