Residents of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area in West Bengal will be the first to pay a new tax on water.
A new official report has found that villagers in Jharkhand state, Eastern India, have suffered harm to their livelihoods as a result of a Bank-backed coal mining project.
The World Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership has launched the “handwashing initiative”, a public-private partnership to promote the use of soap to reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases in poor communities.
The IFC is considering a US$20 million funding proposal for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in an industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has visited India in response to a claim filed against the Bank’s Coal India loans.
More than a million electricity workers protested for a day in December against a proposed bill that follows “World Bank prescriptions” to privatize the power sector in India.
On 17 January 150 people were arrested in Bhopal while marching against World Bank and Asian Development Bank policies.
In Hyderabad, India 20 political leaders and demonstrators were arrested for defying police orders prohibiting demonstrations during Bank President James Wolfensohn’s arrival in November.
In October the Indian Supreme Court ruled that construction could restart on the Sardar Sarovar dam.
Increased power tariffs as part of World Bank plans to privatize the power sector in Andhra Pradesh, India have sparked protests.
A short report Inspection or Eyewash? discusses the visit of World Bank officials to hospitals of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) on 8 May.
After a four month delay, Asger Christensen, World Bank Task Leader for the India Coal Sector project replied to Minewatch in May saying that the Bank could not release the mid-term review of the project.