People living around Carbide`s plant drink contaminated water

Last Updated: Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 18:12

Bhopal: The Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984 has
damaged the environment so much that over 50,000 people are
still drinking underground water affected by the industrial
waste dumped around the now defunct Union Carbide Factory.

"More than 50,000 people living in 25 localities around
the Union Carbide Factory drink underground water affected by
the chemical waste dumps in the killer factory`s campus,"
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan convener Abdul
Jabbar said.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the trial court
pronouncing its judgement in the gas tragedy case on Monday,
he said that people living around the factory were facing
serious health problems.

To press his point, he referred to a family where a
child (Shyam) was born physically disabled. His mother
Subhadra too is suffering from physical disorder and so is
Subhadra`s mother because they were drinking underground
water.

Around 18,000 tonnes of waste dump was lying in the
factory` campus and affecting the underground water around, he
said.

It was ironical that people living around the factory
don`t have access to piped water supply even 25 years after
the world`s worst industrial disaster, Jabbar added.

He said that 11 scientific studies have revealed that
ground water around the factory was chemically contaminated,
adding that these researches have been carried out, among
others, by National Environmental Engineering Research
Institute, Greenpeace Research Laboratories, Madhya
Pradesh Public Health Engineering Department`s Research
laboratory.
The toxic leak on the intervening night of December 2
and 3, 1984 from the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal had killed
and maimed thousands of people and the trial court hearing
this case is scheduled to pronounce its verdict on Monday,
June 7.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 18:12

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