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30 Sep 2008

Economic Times [India]

Dow Chemicals halts building in Indian 'sacred' area

A unit of US chemical giant Dow Chemicals said…it had suspended construction of a research centre in western India after villagers complained it would pollute an area they hold sacred…The…Warkaris religious sect…say the…facility would pollute rivers they hold sacred. "Construction at the site is halted. We have complied with the (Maharashtra state) government notice," a Dow India official told media. Maharashtra chief minister…last week ordered a month's halt to construction of the centre…"Dialogues are on with state officials to resolve the issue," the Dow official said…A state-appointed panel…will study objections to the project and is expected to submit a report in a month.