India: AD Hydro Power Limited-01/Himachal Pradesh

Date Filed
01 Oct 2004
Status
Closed
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
India

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Complaint Overview

Complainant

Residents of Himachal Pradesh

Cross-Cutting Issues
Risk Management Resource Efficiency Community Health and Safety Water Project Benefits

Project Information

Region
South Asia
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
AD Hydro Power Limited 11632
Company
AD Hydro Power Limited
Sector
Infrastructure
Department
Infrastructure
Category
A
Commitment

$45 million ( A + C loan)

Synopsis

Complaint

The Allain Duhangan project was a planned 192MW run-of-river hydroelectric power plant to be built on the Allain and Duhangan tributaries of the Beas River in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The project company was Allain Duhangan Hydro Power Limited (AD Hydro) and was formed to construct, operate and maintain the power plant. In October 2004, village residents of Himachal Pradesh lodged a complaint with CAO with concerns relating to:

1. The adequacy of water supplies and other impacts on local village communities;

2. The adequacy of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and public consultation efforts;

3. Future compliance with project commitments & developmental benefits.

CAO Action

CAO Ombudsman facilitated an initial agreement between the parties in March 2005, however it later became apparent that the agreement had in fact been flouted which led to further complaints being lodged. The agreement identified action items in relation to: 

• Water - the company agreed to establish contingency supplies of water to protect villagers’ access to water;

• EIA Commitments - the company agreed to develop an implementation plan with the participation of local villagers;

• Community Investments - the company agreed to develop a participatory process to make community funds available for broad societal benefits.

Status

CAO undertook monitoring of more than 6 months of reports and also received periodic supervision reports from IFC, which concluded in March 2008. The CAO Conclusion Report, completed in March 2008, highlighted the material improvements that have resulted from some practical solutions implemented by the company:

• Water supplies have been protected and repaired & additional supplies provided;

• Additional water studies have been released;

• The company prepared a commitments register of its EIA obligations with CAO.

The complaint was closed in March 2008.

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Assessment Report(s)
    Communique to Jagaksukh stakeholders, February 2007
    Feb 09, 2007
    English
    Communique to Jagaksukh stakeholders, February 2007
    Communique to Jagaksukh stakeholders, February 2007
    Feb 09, 2007
    Hindi
    Communique to Jagaksukh stakeholders, February 2007
    Progress Report, August 2006
    Aug 28, 2006
    English
    Progress Report, August 2006
    Progress Report, August 2006
    Aug 28, 2006
    Hindi
    Progress Report, August 2006
    Note on Minimum Water Flows
    May 01, 2005
    English
    Note on Minimum Water Flows
    Assessment Report
    Mar 23, 2004
    English
    Assessment Report
    Assessment Report
    Mar 18, 2004
    Hindi
    Assessment Report
    Agreement(s)
    Commitments Register
    Feb 01, 2008
    English
    Commitments Register
    Commitments Register
    Dec 01, 2007
    English
    Commitments Register
    CAO statement from the meeting
    Apr 01, 2005
    English
    CAO statement from the meeting
    Close-out Report(s)
    Allain Duhangan Hydro Power Project
    Mar 01, 2008
    English
    Allain Duhangan Hydro Power Project
  • Appraisal Report(s)
    CAO Appraisal for Audit of IFC
    Dec 17, 2009
    English
    CAO Appraisal for Audit of IFC