Even after 37 years, sting of gas tragedy is still alive in Bhopal

03-12-2021


Pavan Sharma, Bhopal
One of the world's biggest tragedies, the Bhopal gas tragedy is still alive after 37 years. Gas-victims are still facing its side effects.
The wounds of the victims are still not healed and the state governments have made their ends meet by giving them cumin in the mouth of a camel as compensation. 
It happened like 13 days later, on 16 December 1984, the then Chief Minister Arjun Singh sprinkled water with a helicopter in the Union Carbide area.
It was expressed to the public that the effect of gas has now been eliminated.
In 1979, the work of making insecticides from methyl isocyanite started in Union Carbide in front of JP Nagar, Bhopal behind the accident site.
Gross neglect of standards was cited as a major reason, yet neither the management nor the government looked towards it, as a result of 2-3 December 1984
This industrial tragedy happened in the middle of the night, which was the biggest tragedy since 1919.
If we look at the figures, then they are also like water sprinkling from the helicopter. It was told by the government that there have been more than 2500 deaths. In 2006 it was increased to more than 3700. 558125 people were said to be injured, 38478 partially disabled and 39000 permanent disabled, while unofficially.
But the number of dead was said to be between 8 thousand and 15000. It is also known to few people that even in 1981, there was a leak of Phasgene gas here in which a worker was killed. After this there were incidents of gas leakage for the next 3-4 years, but they were not allowed to be exposed.
Going by the safety standards, the E610 tank, which had a stock of MIC (about 42 tons of gas, which was to be less than 40 tons), had bad pipes.
Due to the line, the water in the tank went and due to the increase in pressure, more than 30 tonnes of gas engulfed the old area of ??Bhopal. Had the safety equipment and rules been followed, this accident would not have happened.

Soil and ground water still affected
Even after this tragedy, the land and ground water of this area has been found polluted. Even the garbage lying here has not been completely disposed of. 

The people of the affected area are still battling with diseases of the eyes, respiratory system, lungs and kidneys. To say gas-infested hospitals have been opened but there too

Compensation not enough
The way the first Congress and later the BJP governments gave compensation to the gas victims, it is also insufficient. It also smells of politics.
Many of the real local victims are still deprived of this, so the people of Mumbai, Sagar-Sehore and other places have grabbed the rights of the entitled people. During this time, many people even took compensation in the names of goats, cows and buffaloes, who never had these animals here.

This was the scene of that night
In the intervening night of 2-3 December 1984, the tube lights on the roads up to Qazikamp- Sindhi Colony- Bhopal Talkies were dimmed due to MIC gas at around 1.30 am. On the whole road, people wanted to run away from the city on foot and two-four wheelers. On the way, cows and buffaloes were also lying in a semi-conscious state. On the second-third day the guava and jamun trees in the house turned black and later their entire life ended. 
More than 2000 animals also lost their lives. Since there was a military area in Shahjahanabad area, the army had burst many oxygen shells. That's why this and the surrounding area was saved from this MIC (Mick) gas.