On September 21, 2018, the Inspection Panel received a Request for Inspection related to the India: Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project for Low Income States(RWSSP).
The Requesters supplemented their Request on October 9, 2018, explaining the alleged harm in further detail. They are concerned about the construction of a water treatment plant in their village as part of a scheme financed under the RWSSP. They claim the plant is being built on their community land, which has historical and cultural significance to the Santhal tribe due to the presence of an ancestral sacred grove, as well as burial and cremation grounds. They also contend they may lose access to community resources and medicinal herbs. Additionally, they express concern over the environmental impacts of the proposed plant, the lack of analysis of alternatives and insufficient environmental and social assessment. They also claim lack of consultation and information disclosure in local languages and express concern about retaliation.
The Panel registered the Request on November 5, 2018. The Panel’s registration implies no judgment concerning the merits of the Request. Management has 21 business days, until December 6, 2018, to provide the Panel with a response to the issues raised in the Request.
A second Request for Inspection of the project was registered on December 18, 2018. Since both Requests concern similar issues relating to the same project, the Panel intends to process them jointly. Details on the second Request can be found on the page for Case No. 129.
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निरीक्षण पैनल और प्रबंधन दस्तावेजों के अनुवाद अनौपचारिक हैं और इच्छुक पार्टियों को सेवा के रूप में प्रदान किए जाते हैं। सटीकता सुनिश्चित करने के लिए हर संभव प्रयास किया गया है। यदि हिंदी अनुवाद का कोई भी हिस्सा अंग्रेजी मूल पाठ के साथ असंगत है, तो अंग्रेजी प्रबल होगी।