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28 Sep 2017

Rina Chandran, Reuters

Indian fishermen vow to keep fighting 'devastating' World Bank project

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Farmers and fishermen who sued an arm of the World Bank - for funding an Indian power plant they say hurts their livelihoods - have vowed to appeal a U.S. court ruling that the institution has “absolute immunity”…

The 4,000 megawatt plant has had a “devastating and irreversible impact” on the coastal ecosystem, reducing fish stocks and destroying livelihoods, according to the communities…

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, while noting the damage caused, said it would not reconsider the immunity rule that shields the World Bank group from being sued in the United States.

The communities said they will appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court…

A spokesman for Tata Power said on Thursday that its subsidiary “is in complete compliance with necessary ecological and social parameters of the Indian central and state government, as well as lenders’ performance standards”…  

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Indian farmers & fishermen to appeal “absolute immunity” of Intl. Finance Corporation over negative impact of coal-fired power plant in US Supreme Court

Intl. Finance Corp. lawsuit (re financing of coal-fired plant in India)