The Madhya Pradesh authorities has deliberate to eliminate 337 metric tonnes of hazardous waste from the premises of the Union Carbide manufacturing unit for the development of a memorial for the Bhopal gasoline tragedy victims. The survivors of the Union Carbide catastrophe, nevertheless, termed the transfer to construct a memorial on the extremely contaminated manufacturing unit website a “planned cover-up”
On the 36th anniversary of the incident final yr, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had mentioned a memorial can be constructed to commemorate those that misplaced their lives within the 1984 Bhopal gasoline tragedy.
Recently, Bhopal gasoline tragedy aid and rehabilitation minister Vishwas Sarang repeated that the state authorities has determined to go forward with the development of an ’employment-oriented’ memorial on the deserted Union Carbide manufacturing unit premises. As a primary, tenders have been issued to eliminate the hazardous waste on the manufacturing unit premises.
But, Rashida Bee, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh mentioned, “Since 1990, seventeen reports, including those from the top research agencies of the central government, have confirmed the presence of pesticides, heavy metals and poisonous chemicals in high concentrations till 3 kilometres away from the abandoned factory site. Instead of excavating and removing the thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste that is the cause for the ongoing contamination of Bhopal’s groundwater, the state government is planning to pour concrete over contaminated lands in the guise of a memorial to the disaster.”
“The state government’s grandstanding on the removal of 337 MT of hazardous waste from the factory has to be taken with more than a pinch of salt.” mentioned Nawab Khan, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha. ” It’s a tiny fraction, less than 0.5 %, of the hazardous waste that is causing the ongoing second environmental disaster in Bhopal. It is being used as a smokescreen to hide the ugly reality of our poisoned city” he mentioned.
Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information & Action mentioned that official businesses have reported excessive concentrations of six Persistent Organic Pollutants “in the ground water, chemicals that retain their toxicity for over a hundred years. Greenpeace reported presence of mercury in soil in quantities several million times more compared to safe levels. The chemicals and heavy metals found by different agencies are known to damage the brain, liver, lungs and kidneys and known to cause cancers and diseases of the endocrine, reproductive, immune and other systems.”
“The 337 MT waste in question is just about five per cent of the entire waste. The solar evaporation pond itself contains as much as 1.7 lakh tonne toxic sludge and the waste cannot simply be disposed of without scientific assessment. Over a hundred thousand people have been exposed to these poisons for 7 to 20 years and it is finding new victims every day as it spreads.” she mentioned.
The administration claims that out of the 87 acres of manufacturing unit land, 30 acres have been illegally occupied. Government says that after disposing the poisonous waste a memorial shall be constructed right here. There shall be analysis and growth unit, open theatre, group corridor. This monument, constructed on the strains of Hiroshima, shall be recognized worldwide as Bhopal Memorial. It may even have footage of the catastrophe and rescue from the manufacturing unit.
Vishwas Sarang, the minister in command of the aid and rehabilitation, mentioned due to such misinformation the land is vacant since so lengthy, the federal government needs to offer a superb life to the victims and that’s the reason they’re making efforts to supply them well being amenities and jobs. “The hazardous waste is mendacity within the space for years and we are attempting to dispose it of as quickly as potential as per the rules of the Supreme Court and ministry of surroundings.
Though robust to consider, the survivors of the tragedy get a mere Rs 1,000 per head each month. But over 5,000 girls who misplaced their husbands to the 1984 Bhopal gasoline tragedy, one of many world’s worst industrial disasters, have not been receiving even that meagre quantity as subsistence pension since December 2019.