On December 12, 2018, the Inspection Panel received a second Request for Inspection of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project for Low Income States (RWSSP) in India, and registered the Request on December 18, 2018. The Panel had registered a first Request for the same project on November 5, 2018 (Case No. 128). Since both Requests concern similar issues relating to the same project, the Panel intends to process them jointly.
In the December 12 Request, complainants expressed concern about the construction of an elevated storage reservoir (ESR) in their village as part of a water supply scheme financed under the RWSSP. They claim the ESR is being built on their community land, which has historical and cultural significance to Santhali and Ho tribal members. They allege they will be impoverished by having to pay for water that is currently available for free, and express concern over the environmental impact of the water-supply scheme and insufficient environmental and social assessment. The Requesters also claim lack of consultation and information disclosure in local languages, and raise concerns about retaliation.
The Panel’s registration implies no judgment concerning the merits of the Request. Management has 21 business days, until January 25, 2019, to provide the Panel with a response to the issues raised in the Request.
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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।