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30 Nov 2014

Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Business Standard

Union Carbide's Bhopal plant stands still today, hiding behind thick walls, tonnes of poisonous chemicals & the truth

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Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant stands in one corner of a thriving city, hiding behind thick walls, tonnes of poisonous chemicals and the truth. “Nobody, comes here, it is just a jungle. Around December 3, when the anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy is observed, this place comes to life,” says the only state government official posted at the entrance. His job is to check permissions the district collector issues to journalists and researchers who want to visit the plant to write about it. A policeman...points to a narrow road surrounded by thick vegetation. This leads to the gas tanks. “After 30 years, the plant is falling apart,” he says. The state government barricades the 90-acre Union Carbide plant before December 3 every year.