On May 25, 2017, the Panel received a Request for Inspection sent by landowners from the area proposed for the construction of the Amaravati capital city in Andhra Pradesh. They allege harm from a land pooling scheme (LPS) being used to assemble the land required for the city, as well as from other project activities. The Requesters claim harm related to their livelihoods, environment and food security, and allege a lack of consultation as a result of the Bank’s non-compliance with its environmental and social policies in preparation of the proposed project.
The Panel registered the Request on June 12, 2017, and received the Management Response to the Request on July 21, 2017.
A Panel team visited India from September 12-15, 2017, and met with the Requesters and other potentially affected community members, farmers who support the LPS and their representatives, representatives of the World Bank Country Office, officials from the Ministry of Finance and from the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority, the agency responsible for developing the city, as well as civil society representatives.
On September 27, 2017, the Panel submitted its Report and Recommendation to the World Bank Board of Executive Directors that recommended “carrying out an investigation into the alleged issues of harm and related potential non-compliance with Bank policies, especially relating to involuntary resettlement.” On November 27, 2017, Bank Management submitted to the Panel an addendum that offered clarifications, an update on project preparation and additional actions to “complement and clarify” the actions presented in its July 21, 2017, response in order to fully address the Requesters’ concerns. Management indicated the addendum was based on recent field missions and discussions with the Panel.
After reviewing the addendum, the Panel submitted an updated Report and Recommendation to the Board. In the update, the Panel stated it was satisfied that the addendum and actions proposed by Management “provide an opportunity for the Bank to address the Requesters’ concerns as identified in the Panel’s Report and Recommendation, and to introduce measures to ensure that the project’s preparation is in compliance with Bank policies and procedures.” Based on the addendum and the proposed actions, the Panel deferred its recommendation for up to six months as to whether an investigation is warranted. The Board on December 12, 2017, approved the Panel decision to defer its recommendation and to report back to the Board in the next six months.
The Panel met Bank Management in April and June 2018 to receive updates on the progress of project preparation and on the implementation of the proposed actions. During this same period, the Panel received regular communications from the Requesters who raised several concerns, including issues of accessibility and responsiveness of the Grievance Redress Mechanism and the establishment of the Citizen Advisory Committee.
The Panel understands from the Management updates that several actions to address the Requesters’ concerns, including the independent assessments of the land assembly instruments that will serve as inputs to the project’s safeguards instruments, are still underway and require more time to be completed. The Panel notes that these assessment studies are a key element of the actions proposed by Management. The Panel further notes that, according to Management, the authorization to appraise the project can only be requested once all required safeguards instruments have been cleared and disclosed. The Panel is of the view that there is a need to await further progress on the assessment studies and other actions in order to be able to assess the implementation of Management’s commitments to address the allegations of harm and Bank non-compliance raised in the Request for Inspection.
Considering the above, the Panel on June 26, 2018, proposed a second deferral of its recommendation for nine months or when Management authorizes the appraisal of the proposed project, whichever arises earlier. On July 13, 2018, the Board approved the Panel’s recommendation.
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