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Petitioning President of World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim and 7 others

Recognise policy violations in the TATA Mundra plant.

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Supporters

I am a fisherwoman. We depend on the sea for our livelihood.

My life along with ten thousands of others  is at stake. One of the biggest reasons is the Tata Mundra project, financed by the World Bank. President of the World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim, can save us if he hears from you and us.

The power plant has blocked our traditional route between the shore and the market; lobster and turtle breeding grounds are flattened. Effluence from the power plant has depleted fish catch.

Coal dust falling on fish out in the sun for drying makes it toxic and non-marketable. To make things worse,  coal dust from the coal conveyer belt affects the health of our children, the elderly and even animals.

Based on a complaint from us, International Finance Corporation (IFC - private sector arm of World Bank Group), did a scientific investigation of this project.

They concluded that this project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and at every stage of its execution. The project has not complied with any of their own policies which has caused this damage to our lives.  

The findings of the report makes it very clear that IFC’s continued engagement with the project will negatively impact the people and environment. The person who has to make a final decision on this is the President of the World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim.

Despite such evidence of non-compliance, the World Bank president, Dr. Jim Kim, refuses to take any adequate action. Rather, he supported the management, who defended their financing and their client.

As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect more responsible action from Dr.Kim Jim.

We have started this petition urging him to:

1.       Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint;

2.       Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and

3.       Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion.

Letter to
President of World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim
Executive Assistant to the EVP Ronke Ogunsulire
President’s Liaison on IFC Nicolas Peltier
and 5 others
Vice President, Asia Pacific Karin Finkelston
Regional Industry Director, Asia Infrastructure and Natural Resources Anita George
Director, South Asia Serge Devieux
Executive Vice President & CEO International Finance Corporatioon Jin-Yong Cai
Chief of Staff Laura Frigenti (Chief of Staff)
Dear Dr. Kim,

It’s over four months since your accountability mechanism – Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) – published its report on Tata Mundra power project in Gujarat, India. The report unambiguously pointed at serious violations committed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) while financing the project. To quote CAO:

“IFC’s review of its client’s E&S assessments was not commensurate with the risk involved. IFC paid insufficient attention to the requirements of the Performance Standards. IFC should have required that its client commission additional E&S assessment in order to ensure compliance. IFC did not pay adequate attention to verifying whether pre-project consultation requirements were met.

“IFC failed to assure itself that directly affected fishing communities were engaged in effective consultation. IFC’s E&S review regarding marine impact did not meet the due diligence requirements set out in the Sustainability Policy. IFC has failed to ensure that its client has correctly applied the requirements of the Thermal Power Guidelines.

“IFC failed to meet the requirements of the Sustainability Policy despite sufficient indications of project-related displacement (both physical and economic) as to require objective assessment. IFC should have advised that CGPL’s consideration of cumulative impact needed to go beyond that contained in the SEIA. IFC is unable to demonstrate either that its client’s monitoring is commensurate to risk.”

Despite such a scathing report, we are disappointed that you have not taken any action. By not acknowledging the violations committed by IFC, and by not taking any immediate corrective actions, you are letting the violations to continue. By IFC failing in complying its own policies, it lets the company continue with gross violations, negatively impacting thousands of people and the fragile ecosystem of Kutch.

As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect a more responsible action from you.

We urge you to:

1. Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint;
2. Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and
3. Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion.

Sincerely,