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Shivdaspura Aero City, India

Farmers in 20 villages have held a series of protests against land acquisition for a new airport and ‘aero city’ in Shivdaspura. They have been ‘left in the lurch’ with development stalled in their area since land was reserved for the airport in 2005


In June 2015 it was reported that an international airport would be constructed in the vicinity of Shivdaspura village, 20 kilometres south of Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. An aerotropolis-type development was planned, called Shivdaspura Aero City, with hotels, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and a cargo hub.[1] At the end of September 2015 it became evident that mass eviction loomed for the project; an article published by the Times Of India warned that ‘sword of eviction hangs on 20 villages’ in the Shivdaspura area. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had requested that the state government provide land measuring 6 kilometres by 2.5 kilometres for the airport. Then the state government instructed the Jaipur Development Agency (JDA) to acquire 2,100.8 hectares of land for a greenfield airport (an airport built on undeveloped land). The JDA had already prepared a proposal for land acquisition and had identified land for the airport in 2005-2006, after which land conversion for private housing schemes was banned within this area. Following this, in 2008, a proposal was sent to the AAI. The AAI inspected the area but turned down the airport proposal as it was only 25 kilometres away from the existing Jaipur Airport at Sanganer. The norm is that a new airport cannot be established within a 150 kilometre radius of an existing airport. Upon rejection of the project many public representatives wrote letters urging the JDA to lift the ban on land conversion, to no avail. The airport proposal was discussed again in 2010 and the Urban Development and Housing department (UDH) directed the JDA to examine the project.[2] 2,100 hectare site and a ‘special area’

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Shivdaspura Aero City, India
State or province:Rajasthan
Location of conflict:Jaipur District
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Land acquisition conflicts
Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Urban development conflicts
Ports and airport projects
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The JDA prepared a proposal for land acquisition and had identified land for an airport in Shivdaspura in 2005-2006. Then in 2008, a proposal was sent to the AAI which turned down the airport proposal as it was only 25 kilometres away from the existing Jaipur Airport. In 2010 the UDH directed the JDA to examine the project.[2] Proposals for an international airport in the Shivdaspura area were reported in June 2015. The project was called Shivdaspura Aero City, with hotels, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and a cargo hub.[1] Within the 2,100.8 hectare site, entailing land acquisition from 20 villages, a ‘special area’ has been earmarked requiring land acquisition from eight villages.[3] A JDA official stated that this area, measuring 6 kilometres by 2.5 kilometres, would include a “400 hectare area earmarked for developing hotel, lounge etc.”[5] In April 2019 it was reported that the Rajasthan state government and JDA might shelve the airport project due to shortage of funds for land acquisition.[13]

Type of populationRural
Affected Population:80,000
Start of the conflict:30/09/2015
Relevant government actors:Jaipur Development Authority (JDA)
Urban Development and Housing (UDH) department
District Lease Committee (DLC)
Rajasthan State Government
Airports Authority of India (AAI)
Ministry of Civil Aviation
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Shivdaspura greenfield airport hatao samgarah samiti / Greenfield airport Hatao Kisan Sangarsh Samiti
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Oil spills, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Other environmental related diseases, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Other Health impactsIllnesses caused by pollutants emitted by aircraft
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Farmers from 20 villages could face eviction for the Shivdaspura airport project and they have been prevented from developing their land since it was reserved for the project in 2005-2006. Affected landholders' appeals have gone unheard by the authorities and 2,100.8 hectares of land remains reserved for the airport even though it has not been approved by the Airports Authority on India and it is uncertain whether it will actually be constructed.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Jaipur Development Authority Act 1982, section 54(B): Allotment, regularization etc. of certain lands
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[2] Sword of eviction hangs on 20 villages, Times of India, 30 September 2015
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[3] Jaipur Development Authority all set to acquire land for second airport, Times of India, 6 February 2016
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[4] Fate of farmers in Shivdaspura area hangs in balance, Times of India, 24 July 2017
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[5] Government needs Rs 6,000 crore to acquire land for new airport, Times of India, 3 November 2017
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[6] JDA plans 1,171 hectares for runway in new project, Times of India, 10 December 2017
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[7] Farmers and residents waned govt on greenfield airport project,, 3 January 2018
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[11] No government nod for houses on land for new airport, Times of India, 9 June 2018
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[1] जयपुर में विकसित होगी एयरो सिटी, बनेगा इंटरनेशनल एयरपोर्ट,, 22 June 2015
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[10] Shivdaspura Greenfield airport affected people appeal to CM Ashok Gehlot, DNA India, 21 January 2019
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[14] Farmers body protests against new airport at Shivdaspura, Times of India, 13 August 2019
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[13] Fund crunch may drive JDA to shelve new airport project, Times of India, 7 April 2019
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[8] Tough time for JDA to acquire land for projects, Times of India, 11 February 2018
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[10] Farmers up in arms against land acquisition for new airport project, Times of India, 20 March 2018
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[9] Greenfield Airport Project, Shivdaspura, Land Conflict Watch, 1 February 2018
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Protest against Shivdaspura Airport project, Mahesh Seera, 12th August 2019
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Other documents

Farmers protest against new airport in Shivdaspura Affected farmers from 8 villages protested against the proposed greenfield airport at Shivdaspura in August 2019. Source: Times of India, 13th August 2019
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Protest against Shivdaspura airport project There was a major protest, by farmers and residents of 20 affected villages, against Shivdsapura greenfield airport in January 2018. Source: Patrika, 3 January 2018
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Last update23/08/2019
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