SOUTHERN TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
THE WRATH OF THE GODS: DREAM ROAD TURNED INTO A DISASTER!
22 June 2007, Sri Lanka – Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) Sri Lanka claims that the ADB, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and/or the Sri Lankan Government were unable to implement the STDP in an environmentally and socially sound manner. It says in its monitoring report that the supposed-to-be “Dream Road” for the Sri Lankans has only caused many sufferings to them.
ADB MANAGEMENT DID NOT COMPLY WITH CRP REPORT
12 July 2006, Manila – After having the monitoring investigation on the Southern Transport Development Project (STDP) in Sri Lanka on June 2006, the ADB Compliance Review Panel reports that the ADB management has not complied with most of the proposed remedial action in the CRP report prepared in July 2005 to solve the problems of the STDP.
The CRP finds that ADB’s implementation of the general and project-specific remedial actions have resulted in some progress in complying with the Board’s remedial actions and bringing the project into compliance.
The report issued by the CRP on the 11th of July 2006 stated that “Management has complied with 3 recommendations and partially complied with 6 specific recommendations. However, Management has not complied with three General Recommendations and seven Specific Recommendations.”
The Panel reports that “some of the affected people remain dissatisfied with specific impacts of the project. There are many potential reasons for these objections, ranging from highly specific issues such as construction-related cracks in buildings to broad anxieties related to the disruption of cultural norms such as the integrity of extended families in landholdings of historical significance.”
The Panel states that they are “concerned about allegations of discrimination to affected people for having filed claims with the ADB Accountability Mechanism. The Panel cannot confirm these allegations, but the Panel hopes that all stakeholders in the project are equally committed to transparency and participation, with full redress of valid complaints.”
INDEPENDENT REPORT ON STDP
A report on the ADB-funded Southern Transport Development Project (STDP) prepared by Bank Information Center (BIC), NGO Forum on ADB, and Center for Environmental Justice-Sri Lanka is now available on Forum website.
GREEN MOVEMENT SRI LANKA PROVIDED HELPFUL FACILITATION DURING THE SITE VISITS.
STDP is the first case that was fully processed in 2005 by ADB’s new Accountability Mechanism. This report documents the status of the Project’s Resettlement Implementation Plan (RIP) and the Course of Action (CoA). It was developed after a three-day site visit (May 18-20, 2006) conducted by Avilash Roul of Bank Information Center, Hemantha Withanage of NGO Forum on ADB, and Dilena Pathragoda of Center for Environmental Justice and the staff of the Green Movement Sri Lanka. The Team found that several resettlements and rehabilitation related provisions are outstanding and implementation of the Board-approved Course of Action is delayed. The report served as an input for the first Monitoring Visit of the ADB’s Compliance Review Panel (May 31-June 8) and is being shared with ADB Board and Management.