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LESSONS:

India: West Bengal Corridor Development Project

sector: Transport | country: India

The project completion report (PCR) identified four lessons from the project in the areas of: (i) project readiness, (ii) capacity of the implementation agency, (iii) tight monitoring and control, and (iv) land acquisition and resettlement. The validation generally agrees with these lessons. In addition, the validation points to the need to keep abreast of the government’s medium-term plan during the project appraisal. The cancellation of the NH-34 component could have been avoided if the government had been forthright about its plans. However, the existing 9th Five Year Plan of India during appraisal had already indicated the upgrading of major national roads to four lanes, and this should have raised concerns and brought to the attention of the Government of India so that cancellation could have been avoided.

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