Project Summary: Two metro rail corridors, funded by the European Investment Bank, have been proposed by the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation to support Lucknow’s public transport system. These include the construction of the rail tracks, stations, two depots and at least two substations. The two corridors identified and approved are: a) The North-South Corridor starting from the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport and ending at Munshipulia, via Sachivalaya, Hazratganj, IT College Junction, Indira Nagar. This Corridor extends across a length of 22.878 kms. (22 stations-3 underground and 19 elevated). A priority section of 8.5 kms, has also been identified across this stretch; b) The East-West Corridor starting at the Lucknow Railway Station and ending at Vasant Kunj, passing through Lucknow City Railway Station, Balaganj and Musabagh. This Corridor comprises 12 stations-7 underground and 5 elevated for a distance of 11.098 kms. Apart from the two metro corridors, the project also entails a purchase of 80 metro cars.
Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh-India
Resources needed: A total of 65.36 hectares of land-of which 57.04 hectares will be government owned and 8.32 hectares privately owned (permanent acquisition), a total of 11.20 hectares of land-of which 6.38 hectares will be government owned and 4.82 hectares privately owned (temporary acquisition); displacement of approximately 110 households; felling of trees for constructing stations and depots (a total of 1181 trees across the North-South Corridor) etc.
Project Number: 20140329
Risk Category: At the time of writing, the project documents do not specificy the project risk category.
As background, the European Investment Bank screens proposed projects into four categories based on the guidelines of the EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive:
Cat. A - those for which an EIA is mandatory (Annex 1 of the Directive);
Cat. B - those for which the competent authority determines the need for an EIA according to specified criteria (Annex II of the Directive, with ref. to Annex III);
Cat. C - for which a limited environmental assessment, if any, is required according to any likely adverse environmental impacts of the project (projects outside the scope of the Directive);
Cat. D - no environmental assessment required.
APPLICABLE SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS
This section sets out the social and environmental standards triggered by the project, in accordance with the bank's own assessments. At the time of writing, the EIB website and documents do not make clear the specific environmental and social standards that apply to this project. Nonetheless, the following legislation and EIB standards should apply:
Applicable National Environmental Legislations - As per provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification-2006, any new project or the expansion or modernization of any existing industry or project listed in Schedule I of the Notification shall be submitted for clearance to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), Government of India. Since metro rail projects are not included in Schedule I of the Notification, the project does not require an environmental clearance certificate from the MOEF nor a related Environmental Impact Assessment procedure. This conclusion was confirmed in writing by MOEF in September 2013 for this specific project.
Applicable International and Regional Environmental Treaties and Conventions -
Applicable/Negotiated Higher European Union Standards -
Involuntary Resettlement (Domestic Legislation)– The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (No. 30 of 2013).
Involuntary Resettlement (European Investment Bank)– European Investment Bank Standard No. 6
Indigenous People and Other Vulnerable Groups
ILO Core Labour Standards
Occupational, Community Health and Safety –
Physical Cultural Resources - triggered “because of the project’s potential to affect archaeological or cultural or religious sites.
OUR RISK ASSESSMENT
As noted above, information about the project, the applicable bank policies, and the environmental and social impacts was limited at the time of disclosure. However, based on documents made available by the European Investment Bank’s project, this project poses potential risks to the following human rights:
The Right to a Healthy Environment
Potential harmful impacts identified in bank documents include: air pollution caused by emissions from construction equipment, heavy machinery and vehicles, dust generation during excavation and transportation; problem of excavated soil storage, transportation and disposal; polluting runoff generated by the material intensive processes (steel, cement, sand, microsilica corniche, aggregates etc.); hazardous oil spillages while changing lubricants, cleaning and repair process especially at the depot-cum-workshops; noise pollution including vibrations (from concrete structures) during construction, (airborne noise and vibrations radiated from elevated structures and ground-borne noise and vibrations) during the operation of the metro and at the workshops; solid waste generation including sludge; deforestation involving the felling of 1181 trees for the North-South Corridor, with 968 trees being lost in the priority section.
Right to Health
Following from the environmental pollution and the deforestation potential of the project (as discussed above), multiple health, quality of life issues and rights challenges are foreseeable-affecting not only the local residents but also commuters during both, the construction and operation phase. The project is expected to significantly impact access to uninterrupted water supply. The alignment of the tracks crosses river systems, drains/nalas, a large number of surface, sub-surface public utility services, such as, sewers, storm water drains, telephone and electricity lines etc. Each of these may potentially contaminate or be contaminated by the metro’s constructional and operational activities. Further, the project plans to utilize underground water through bore wells, which may adversely impact the water-table in the region thereby affecting water supply to the city. The construction period is expected to result in permanent/temporary diversion of the city’s water and drainage systems. Maintenance of the same and prevention of contamination may foreseeably pose a considerable health and sanitation challenge. Sanitation and hygiene challenges include requirements for facilities for labourers at the construction sites as well as for commuters and staff at the metro stations and depots. With a projected generation of 94 kgs per day solid waste from all stations, sanitary collection and disposal of refuse from stations is expected to be a serious health challenge, specifically in terms of vector/soil/water-borne diseases. The influx of migratory labourers heightens the risk of Sexually Transmitted Illnesses and HIV and therefore a greater need for sensitization and provision of affordable and quality medical care. The hazardous nature of construction activities also necessitates continued access to occupational health care and emergency services.
The Right to Property and Adequate Housing
There is a risk of inaccurate projection of data related to the Project Affected Families, possible claimants to compensation and rehabilitation due to a lack of comprehensive survey of the residents. For instance, the social-economic survey has covered only 4 out of 13 Project Affected Families (two title-holders and two non title-holders). The Environmental Impact Assessment relates only to the North-South Corridor of the project and the Resettlement Action Plan covers only the priority section of the Corridor. As an urban infrastructure project running through high population-housing density areas, the project runs the risk of underestimating its displacement potential and other impacts. Limited consultations and inadequate/incomplete information are likely to compound the impacts on property and housing rights of the local population.
The Right to Livelihood
As the project necessitates displacement of both, residential and commercial property owners, it will likely have a significant impact on the displaced population’s right to livelihood. The majority of the population in the North-South Corridor (56%) is in the designate productive age group (19 to 60 years) and is a significant contributor to the family’s earning and the local economy. Additionally, the project displaces non-title holders (or squatters) who have been using the acquired properties for shelter and commercial purposes. The entitlement matrix provides them inadequate compensation, limiting it to a one-time sustenance and displacement allowance, and transportation costs. In terms of livelihood support, they are only being offered “Skill Improvement Training.”. The employees of landowners, domestic workers and workers in commercial establishments are excluded from receiving any compensation and will likely suffer losses to their livelihoods owing to the displacement of their employers.
Metro construction, operation and maintenance are labor and machine intensive activities and are hazardous in nature. Recent accidents on worksites have highlighted issues related to the safety of the civil works, the quality of construction and necessity for regular and independent safety audits. As mentioned in the project documents, a large influx of migrant laborers is expected, much of whom will be informal, contractual and daily wage earners. The documents do not discuss labor rights in great detail, especially their wage contracts, conditions of work-especially for women laborers and facilities for their children.
Right to Culture
The bank documents note the Alambagh Gate (an architectural site identified by the Directorate of Archaeology, Uttar Pradesh) as located within 100 metres of the central line of the project corridor. The implementing agency has announced plans to relocate four religious structures that fall in the right of way and the corridor of impact.
Bank financing: The European Investment Bank
Borrower: Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation
Amount of bank loan or investment: EUR 450 million
Total project cost: EUR 914 million
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