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?Global environment City proposal ridiculous?

TAKING A dig at the State Government?s reported proposal to develop Bhopal as a global environment city, Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti convener Sadhna Karnik said here today that it was ironical that the Government, which has failed to ensure supply of clean drinking water to gas victims was working

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:48 IST

TAKING A dig at the State Government’s reported proposal to develop Bhopal as a global environment city, Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti convener Sadhna Karnik said here today that it was ironical that the Government, which has failed to ensure supply of clean drinking water to gas victims was working

towards developing Bhopal City as global environment city. Addressing a press conference along with a couple of CITU leaders, she said gas victims in areas adjacent to deserted Union Carbide factory continue to consume poisonous drinking water and neither the State nor the Union Government has shown any concern towards the urgent need to provide them clean
drinking water despite intervention of the Supreme Court in the matter.

She said in such a situation, a proposal to develop Bhopal as global environment city seems ridiculous. She further said CPM general secretary Prakash Karat had written a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in this regard.

He had also raised other important issues concerning gas victims in his letter. Karnik, while suggesting that Left leaders had always been sympathetic towards the cause of Bhopal gas victims, said Left parliamentarians Vrinda Karath and T K Hamaza recently raised a number of issues of gas victims in Parliament.

She said a delegation of Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti would soon call on the Prime Minister to discuss issues of gas victims including supply of clean drinking water in colonies of gas victims, comprehensive rehabilitation of gas victims, acquisition of Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre by the Union Government, effective research on effects on gas victims of exposure to MIC by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and compensation to residents of remaining 20 wards of Bhopal.

Sarvar Ansari, P N Verma and Pushan Bhattacharya also addressed the press conference.