Coal India problems inspected

10 September 2001

The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has visited India in response to a claim filed against the Bank’s Coal India loans. The claim alleged that the Bank’s loans had failed to follow Bank social policies and that livelihoods have suffered as a result, especially through loss of land, forests and water. The Panel visited an official resettlement site for people displaced by the coal mines. It contains “a school with no teacher, a health centre with no nurse and a community hall with no community”. The Panel will report to the Bank’s Board and a full inspection may follow.