Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)

Time-series evaluation design assessing the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) of a large scale infrastructure project in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)



Key Highlights

  • Approximately 3000 Project Affected Persons (PAPs) with residential and commercial properties
  • Healthcare, Education and Employment emerge as the main priorities of PAPs after resettlement
  • Understanding of PAPs on R&R process was calculated at 3.28 and PAPs involvement was 3.57 on a score of 5

Evaluation study assessing the impact of resettlement and rehabilitation efforts

The Ahmedabad Metro project is being implemented by MEGA with financial support of Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA). A Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) has been developed for the Rehabilitation and Resettlement of project affected families. An impact evaluation will be conducted over the three years (2018-2021), to assess the RAP’s implementation and its impacts, verify internal monitoring and suggest adjustment of delivery mechanisms and procedures. Research tools focus on 1. PAP Demographics, 2. R&R Process (Interactions, Understanding and Involvement of PAPs), 3. Economic (Business, Employment Status, Income Levels), 4. Social (Housing, Infrastructure, Social Amenities) and 5. Lifestyles. It will study the internal and external elements that affect appropriate implementation of the RAP and suggest course corrective actions on an ongoing bases, while paying particular attention to vulnerable groups.

Research Tools

01. Surveys
02. Focus Group Discussions
03. Convergent Interviewing
04. Observations


The broad approach for undertaking M&E activities are of  participatory research, action learning, and collaborative strategy development. The evaluation framework has been designed to facilitate: (i) learning and process enhancement (through process monitoring by participatory methods, involving group self-ratings, reviews, score cards, satisfaction surveys, etc); and (ii) impact evaluation (involving use of appropriate baseline and controls). The analysis will be conducted by using an impact score model–where an impact score will be calculated for PAPs, pre-post resettlement. Analysis will also be performed on the differences between PAPs, each presenting a unique profile based on their degree of loss, displacement timeline, socio-economic characteristics and type of support received.