Senior activist Ulka Mahajan of Sarvahara Jan Andolan said, “The infrastructure that is being developed is not what people demand, but it is what global capital demands. The international financial institutions are promoting corporate interests over that of people and also pushing the states to the financial debt. On the one hand, the Maharashtra government does not have money to allocate 26,000 crores for the social sector, on the other hand, it has 42,000 crores for the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway, which will reduce the present distance only by 24 km.”

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On October 31, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the landmark lawsuit, filed by the villagers of Mundra, challenging the absolute immunity of powerful institutions like the World Bank Group. The villagers are affected by the coal-fired Tata Mundra Ultra Mega Project, which was partially funded by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.

This will be the first time the US Supreme Court will address the scope of international organisations’ immunity.

Visit here to know all about the case.