“The government needs to discuss the action plan proposed by experts who have conducted studies on Bhopal gas tragedy,” said CSE’s director general Chandra Bhushan.
The factory site reeks of chemicals and ground water around the factory is contaminated with heavy metals said to be carcinogenic. The solar evaporation ponds developed on leased private land — now given back to locals — has houses coming up.
The open contaminated grasslands are grazing grounds for goats of thousands of people living around the depilated boundary walls of the factory.
Abdul Jabbar, who had been fighting for Bhopal victims since 1984, describes the difficult lives of locals and blamed the government for failing to act.
Many blame activists like them for delay as they want Dow Chemicals, now owner of Union Carbide to pay for remediation.
The issue is being debated in the Supreme Court as the department of chemicals has sought Rs. 310 crore for the same.
Although the official estimate of the waste at the site is 350 tonnes, many put the number at close to 20,000 tonnes.