BHOPAL: Survivors of the infamous Bhopal gas tragedy are still waiting for the compensation owed to them 37 years after the incident.
Man-made disaster is still regarded as one of the world’s biggest industrial catastrophe by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
On December 2-3, 1984, a gas leak incident took place at night at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal. Toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas made it to small towns and over five lakh people were exposed to the gas.
2000 people died almost immediately because MIC gas can cause death within minutes of inhalation if its concentration exceeds 21 PPM (parts per million). Many who survived became disabled.
At least 30 tons of methyl isocyanate gas, released from the Union Carbide pesticide plant, affects over 600,000 workers and nearby inhabitants.
Today, rights organisations related to the Bhopal gas tragedy said that the government had given up on the survivors. Survivors are demanding harsh and exemplary punishment to those responsible.
Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vishvas Sarang said that at the time, the government did not do justice to the victims and survivors in the right manner.
Supreme Court-assisted settlement declared on February 14-15, 1989 worth Rs 705 crore was based on the assumption that only around 3,000 persons died and 1,02,000 were affected. Rights organisations said the tragedy has killed at least 25,000 people.
Main accused was Warren Anderson and he died in the United States in 2014. But, he never faced any trials for his alleged crimes.