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Short Resettlement Plan for Bhatapara - Urkura 3rd Line Project in the State of Chattisgarh

  1. Description Of Project
    Bhatapara -Urkura is an important Broad Gauge (BG) section connecting Bilaspur and Raipur/ Nagpur on the Howrah –Mumbai trunk route of the South Eastern Railway (SER). SER has proposed for providing a third line between Bhatapara and Urkura, which is about 60 km in length. The entire alignment is in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh State. This line is part of the railway line between Jharsuguda and Durg that passes through major industrial area having coalfields, limestone and Dolomite lines, cement plants, and steel plants. The existing traffic in the form of either raw material finished products moves both ways.

    This is an important route where bulk of traffic is moving from Bilaspur, Katni, in addition to the East-West traffic. This route also deals with the North-South traffic and their transfer form one route to other route. Since, this section is heavily saturated, a 3rd line in the section has been considered necessary to augment the line capacity for moving additional coal trains to thermal power plants. The nearest important junction is Bilaspur, which serves for the busy route to and from Katni. The 3rd line from Bilaspur to Bhatapara is already under construction. Five cement plants are located at various stations of this section. Also, there are sponge iron plants that are under construction. In the project region rail and roads are the main transportation needs for the passengers and goods traffic. National Highway 200 (NH-200) connects Raipur to Bilaspur. The location of existing railway line along with the proposed line in the project region is shown in Figure 1.

  2. Land Acquisition and Impacts
    Out of 99.15 ha (Table 1) land requirement, about 0.086 ha is to be acquired from Government land and 1.86 ha from Private land. On the Government land no activity is being carried out. There is no habitation or settlement on this land. The remaining 97.2 ha are within the existing ROW, in the form of strip and are already in the jurisdiction of SER free from any encumbrances. The private lands to be acquired are agricultural land and belongs to 22 households (Annexure1). The average loss of agricultural land per family is less than 20% of their total holdings. As a result of this land acquisition, the impact on the project-affected people will be limited.

    TABLE 1

    Sr. No Land use Area (Ha)
    1. Railway land 97.20
    2. Forest land NIL
    3. Government land 0.086
    4. Private land 1.86
      Total 99.15

    The construction of the 3rd line does not involve any displacement of human settlements. No public properties and intuitional buildings will be affected along the alignment. The proposed line will not have any bearing on the economic/ trade activities carried out by the population in the project corridor, during the construction of the project. There are no indigenous/-scheduled tribes amongst the affected people.
  3. Resettlement Plan-Objectives and Policy Framework
    This short RP is designed to deal with limited impacts of the Bhatapara-Urkura 3rd Project. The only type off loss in this project is agriculture land. The SER has taken the appropriate measures to minimize the amount of land acquisition, taking into account the need of the project. The proposed track is parallel to the existing down the line track. Close vicinity of the existing down lines has reduced linear disruption in the form of land acquisition and loss of structures. Boundary stones are located along the alignment demarcating the jurisdiction of railway land on either side of the existing double track.

    In India the current legislation governing land acquisition for public purposes is the Land Acquisition Act of 1894. In accordance with the Act, the legal process for land acquisition has been initiated by ECOR with the District Collector (DC) of the Raipur district with a detailed map of the proposed area. In determining the amount of compensation, the DC takes into consideration the “circle value” for payment of compensation, which is equivalent to market/ replacement value. The circle rate indexed every two years to reflect the current or market value. In addition to the LA Act (1984), the compensation for the subprojects will be determined in accordance with the ADB policy on involuntary Resettlement (1995). The RP subprojects will provide compensation as per the following:
    i)Compensation for land will be paid as per the circle/ replacement value;
    ii)Owners / beneficiaries/ tenants affected, if any, will be paid for loss of trees and crops by DC at the rate estimated by a) the Forest Department for timber trees (b) State Agricultural Extension Department for crops and
    (iii) Horticulture Department for perennial trees.
  4. Constructions and Stakeholder Participation
    During the social assessment, the consultants, assisted by the EA officials, conducted village level consultative meetings with the affected agricultural plot owners. The policy framework and the compensation principles defined earlier are based on the feedback from consultation meetings. This interactive approach and processes will continue during the implementation of the subprojects. The affected plot owners have been informed of their entitlements and benefits and implementation schedule. For project the Short RPs shall be made available to the affected people and NGOs/ community groups after the sanctioning of loan, if any matter of this type comes into light.
  5. Implementation Framework and Cost Eastimates
    MOR will be responsible for implementing the RPs through local officials in the subproject area. A senior Rail staff at the rank of executive engineer will be appointed as the Resettlement Coordinator for the subprojects to supervise the implementation work. Grievances Redress Committee (GRC) will be established at the subproject level with representation from the EA, APs, local Government officials and NGOs. The Resettlements Coordinator will chair the GRC. Other than disputes relating to ownership rights under the of law, GRC will review grievances involving compensation payments for land and crops/ trees. Any grievances submitted to the GRC shall be resolved with in a period of 2 to 4 weeks.

    The estimate budget for land compensation and implementation of he project RP is about Rs. 7,88,912 which has been deposited with the State Government. The rate is based on year 2001 price as per revenue records. MOR ensures that resettlements budgets are delivered on time to the DC Office and the implanting officers for timely RP implementation. The affected land downers will receive compensation prior to the start of the construction work.
  6. Monitoring and Evaluation
    During project implementation, MOR will establish a monitoring system and prepare progress reports on land acquisition and payments of compensation. The reports shall progress reports on land acquisition and compensation payments and consultation process, grievances resolution and budget. The EA will report to ADB on land acquisition and compensation in the progress reports.
List Of Private Land To be Acquired
S.No. Owner, Name of Father/Husband Village Plot No. Total Area of land in Hec. Area of land to be acquired in Hec.
1. Taapsingh s/o Budhram Puthri 824/2 0.196 0.073
2. Tekeram s/o Budhram Puthri 824/16 0.196 0.073
3. Raj Kumar s/o Budhram Puthri 824/17 0.195 0.074
4. Ramuram s/o Budhram Puthri 824/4 0.825 0.080
5. Ramuram s/o Budhram Puthri 824/5 0.182 0.096
6. Balaram s/o Khemuram Puthri 824/3 0.361 0.052
7. Dropdi w/o Jettoo Puthri 824/10 0.599 0.004
8. Balaram s/o Khemuram Puthri 824/13 0.154 0.052
9. Mehtar s/o Keju Puthri 828/2,829 1.680 0.236
10. Kartik s/o Rama Puthri 830 0.372 0.124
11. Bisnu s/o Bishoba Puthri 831/2 0.243 0.080
12. Bhaghirathi s/o Balaram Puthri 837 0.397 0.140
13. Bhagat s/o Balaram Puthri 839 0.198 0.105
14. Rikhiram s/o Firtu Puthri 842 0.704 0.042
15. Bhagatram s/o Balram Puthri 844 0.591 0.118
16. Sukhiabai w/o Udavarm Puthri 871,872 0.146 0.053
17. Vishal s/o Ganpat Puthri 873/1 1.169 0.048
18. Bhaghirathi s/o Balaram Puthri 841/1 0.280 0.093
19. Ramsingh s/o Bhagha Puthri 841/2 0.328 0.057
20. Jitendra s/o Rohit Puthri 873/2 0.749 0.176
21. Keju s/o Ramprasad Puthri 891/4 0.494 0.012
22. Latel s/o Ladenga Puthri 824/12 0.227 0.072
23. State Govt. Land Puthri 845 0.101 0.032
24. State Govt. Land Puthri 825 0.202 0.054
  TOTAL     10.589 1.946


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