Bhopal gas victims to get clean drinking water

September 24th, 2008 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Sep 24 (IANS) Organisations representing survivors of the 1984 gas disaster here were assured Wednesday that those affected by ground water contamination near the accident site will receive fresh potable water from Kolar reservoir by December 2008.The assurance was given at a meeting of the Coordination Committee on Bhopal (CCB), which was set up under directions of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the gas victims marched to New Delhi.

Two decades after the Bhopal gas tragedy, people living close to the now abandoned Union Carbide pesticide plant still drink water contaminated by huge quantities of toxic chemicals scattered at the site.

The tragedy occurred on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984 when tonnes of methyl-isocyanate (MIC) spewed out of the plant killing over 3,000 people and maimimng thousands. The death has since soared to more than 15,000.

A few activist groups began investigations into the contamination of the area near the Carbide plant over a decade ago following complaints of foul-smelling water in tube wells and hand pumps.

The Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) sent samples to a laboratory in the US where tests confirmed the presence of toxic chemicals.

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