Gas survivors sound warning bells for political parties

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2018 11:28:15


Staff Reporter,

Gas survivors’ colonies have started placing flex banners asking political parties to ensure compensation to gas victims as they have announced that they will cast their votes in favour of only those candidates who would listen to them. Now, with Assembly elections just a month away, the first and second generation survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide mishap have announced that they will cast their votes in favour of only those candidates who promise them their due compensation.

The gas survivors have said that the Bhopal gas tragedy, one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, and its victims are still awaiting adequate compensation. The Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) have pointed out that the Bhopal North and Narela constituency have 90 per cent population of voters who are survivors of the 1984 tragedy and other seats where Bhopal gas survivors are there includes Govindpura, Bhopal Madhya.

The gas survivors have accused political parties to not to take any action for them The representatives from five survivor organisations claimed that 94 per cent victims have only received Rs 25,000 as compensation. They demanded that Union Carbide and Dow Chemical (which later bought UCC) ensure a compensation of five lakh rupees each for everyone.

Approximately around 5,000 who died in the tragedy got Rs 10 lakh each, the representatives said, adding that the impact of the disaster was so great that more than 6,000 kids are still born with congenital diseases.

A petition against Dow Chemical on compensation and other issues is still pending in a Bhopal court. They have been always duped with assurance and that is why this time they have come up with idea to put banners in front of their homes and only those political parties which can assure compensation to the bhopal gas victims can expect vote from them, they said.

Survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal condemned the central and state governments’ negligence towards the ever growing problem of poisoning of groundwater in Bhopal. They have pointed out earlier that the spread of contamination of ground water to 20 communities in addition to the 22 shows that major step has not been taken to stop contamination. They have alleged that ground water contamination in gas colonies damage the brain, lungs, kidneys and liver and cause cancers and birth defects.

They have also said that the surest way to stop the spread of poisons would be to excavate and contain the poisonous factory waste that remains buried underground and that is the source of the ongoing contamination.