Socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Konkan Railway in India

Speakers: T. Jayaraman, professor, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences;
Sreeja Jaiswal, PhD candidate, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Chair: Kanika Jha Kingra, evidence impact manager, 3ie
Discussant: Vinay Vutukuru, senior agriculture and rural development specialist, World Bank.
Session: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Lecture Hall 1, Annexe, India International Centre, New Delhi

Start Date: 26 July 2019 End Date: 26 July 2019

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 Socio-economic impacts of the Konkan Railway in India

The Konkan railway is the biggest rail project executed in post-independence India. Operational since 1998, it traverses over 760km along the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. The region is ecologically sensitive.Citizen groups had challenged building it based on predicted damage to local ecosystems.

3ie funded an impact evaluation that examined the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Konkan railway. T. Jayaraman and Sreeja Jaiswal will present findings that offer important insights on its impact on migration and labour market outcomes and on local ecology.

About the speakers

T. Jayaraman is a professor in the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His research interests include domestic and international climate policy, climate change and agriculture, and environmental politics and governance. He works with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on scientific and policy issues in climate change. He is also a member of the Kerala State Planning Board.

Sreeja Jaiswal is a PhD candidate at the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has also worked as assistant professor at the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at the same institute. Her research interests include impact evaluation, climate change and environmental politics.