Forced Evictions

forced-evictions

Forced evictions are on the rise in several parts of India. Most development projects, at face value, seem aimed at improving the lives of people: a new dam will generate more electricity to power industry; a new shopping mall will create new businesses and therefore more jobs.

However, the reality for communities living near a project is often quite different. These projects often about result in destruction of communities, the loss of jobs, and the impoverishment of people. Each year an estimated 15 million people across the globe are forcibly uprooted from their homes, farmlands, fishing areas and forests to make way for dam reservoirs, irrigation projects, mines, plantations, highways, and tourist resorts. Urban slums are bulldozed to make way for luxury condominiums, sporting facilities and shopping centres. Human rights abuses do not end after a forced eviction. A community may not be formally resettled and often find themselves living without adequate housing and without access to water, work, schools and hospitals. A forced eviction exacerbates poverty, social unrest, environmental degradation and loss of cultural identity.  

Often, society accepts this collateral damage as the price the nation must pay for development. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way: it is possible to both safeguard people’s rights while also experiencing economic growth.

Land allotted but on papers only

 
/ February 26, 2016

Those displaced from Sardar Sarovar Dam project are still waiting to be rehabilitated. In another case of utter neglect from the government, people have been allotted land on paper but the allotted property either belongs to someone else or is unusable.      Chetan Salve reports from Narmadanagar of Nandurbar...

Sardar Sarovar Dam Oustees Duped Again

 
/ December 23, 2015

People rehabilitated under the Sardar Sarovar project, have the right to receive 5 acres of land if they are beneficiaries. In this video, we talk to Wadage and Kheti Vasave, two of the farmers who lost their land in the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project. Wadage Vasave shifted house in 1995...

No compensation for lost land in 1994

 
/ October 23, 2015

In Maharashtra, between Manwani and Bhadal, many houses & villages have drowned since 1994. The government hasn’t done anything to help these people. 33 villages in Maharashtra, 19 villages in Gujarat and 193 villages of Madhya Pradesh have been displaced due to the Sardar Sarovar Dam project. More than 2,50,000...

Displaced by Coal Mines, 30 Years wait for Jobs Promised – Geeta Tudu reports for...

 
/ August 27, 2015

Phusri Village, Hazaribag district of Jharkhand | Geeta Tudu Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), a producer and supplier of coal to power and steel sectors usurped 906 acres of land across 45 districts in Jharkhand in 1983. Over the next 30 years, a large number of people lost their land and...

Farmers fear losing their land to sports complex project

 
/ July 17, 2015

Buldhana, Maharashtra| Vinod Wankhede In Wadi budruk village, Buldhana district, Maharashtra farming land which belongs to communities belonging to backward classes is being acquired by the government for the development of a sports complex. Residents have written to the authorities opposing the project over and over again. However their appeals...

Drowned by development

 
/ July 16, 2015

Satyanarayan Banchhor| Buda Bahal Village, Bolangir District, Odisha The Lower Suktel Dam project will submerge Buda Bahal Village of Bolangir district. Residents of the village, who are entirely dependent upon agriculture and forest produce for their livelihoods have been opposing the project and asking for forest land pattas for the...

Fear of Homelessness Looms Large in a Mumbai Slum

 
/ July 15, 2015

15th July 2015 | Mumbai, Maharashtra | Amol Lalzare The residents of Sathe Nagar, a slum close to the Mumbai airport, do not know when the roof over their heads will disappear. Since 2006, surveys have been conducted in silence and demolitions underway as part of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority’s...

IndiaUnheard Turns Five

 
/ June 2, 2015

What would news look like if the very people who live a story produced it? What if each marginalised community had someone to document their stories and the issues they face from within the community? What if this news didn’t stop at reporting a story but also brought change to...