Press Esc to close
Sunday 07 February 2016
News updated at 2:02 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

25 years after Bhopal tragedy, govt to open site for public

Last updated: 13 November, 2009
Bhopal, Nov 13 (PTI)

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, Madhya Pradesh government has decided to throw open for public the defunct Union Carbide factory that claimed thousands of lives following leakage of toxic gases.

The factory will remain open for a week from November 20 to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragic incident.

A decision to this effect was taken by the State government recently, official sources said here today.

State Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Babulal Gaur said the government can extend days for public visits to show that there was nothing dangerous at the factory site anymore.

However, the organisations working for the gas victims have criticised the government's decision.

The State government's move is a publicity stunt to show people that the site is safe, an organisation said.

Bhopal representative for International Campaign for Justice, Rachna Dhingra, said at least ten governmental and non-governmental studies had confirmed presence of highly toxic chemicals in and around the Union Carbide factory.

At the midnight on 3 December 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal accidentally released toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas, exposing over 5,00,000 people to MIC and other chemicals.

"As per a 1999-study by Greenpeace, over 20 per cent of the factory site was contaminated and mercury level at one sample location was 60 lakh times more than normal," she said.

Besides, the study also found high levels of lead, nickel, copper, chromium, chlorobenzene and sevin in soil samples taken from the factory site, Dhingra said.
She said eminent scientist and founder Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Dr P Bhargava had warned that Union Carbide site was completely unsafe.

Dhingra said the Madhya Pradesh High Court in its order on October 29, 2005 had said the factory premises should be appropriately guarded by deputing armed guards so that no outsider enters there.

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila-Purush Sangarsh Morcha leader, Syed M Irfan said the Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government were using the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy as an occasion to bury the disaster along with all the pending liabilities.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
CRPF women wing showing their skills at Lucknow Mahotsav on Saturday...

CRPF women wing showing their skills at Lucknow Mahotsav on Saturday...

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrating the first birthday of his daughter Ziva...

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrating the first birthday of his daughter Ziva...

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attend the 'Pride March'...

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attend the 'Pride March'...

Guest lecturers staged a protest in front of District in charge minister Qamarull Islamaaos house...

Guest lecturers staged a protest in front of District in charge minister Qamarull Islamaaos house...

Participants perform yoga during the “Yoga Festival celebration of Peace & Harmony”...

Participants perform yoga during the “Yoga Festival celebration of Peace & Harmony”...

Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria shows her gold medal that she wom in women's 200-metre freestyle...

Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria shows her gold medal that she wom in women's 200-metre freestyle...

Gold Medal winner Priyanka Singh of India (C), silver medal winner SPS Niroshani of Sri Lanka (L)...

Gold Medal winner Priyanka Singh of India (C), silver medal winner SPS Niroshani of Sri Lanka (L)...

Gold medal winner Harshdeep of India, silver medal winner Chamari Mendis...

Gold medal winner Harshdeep of India, silver medal winner Chamari Mendis...

India's Guru Raja competes to win gold in the 56 kg men's weightlifting event...

India's Guru Raja competes to win gold in the 56 kg men's weightlifting event...

Gold medal winner in 30 kilometre cycle race Bidyalaxmi Tourangbam (C), silver medal winner Chaoba..

Gold medal winner in 30 kilometre cycle race Bidyalaxmi Tourangbam (C), silver medal winner Chaoba..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523