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Safe water scheme for gas-hit areas of Bhopal

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Staff Correspondent

Water will be supplied from Kolar dam

BHOPAL: A special Rs. 17-crore scheme has been chalked out under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission for supplying safe drinking water to 13 localities of Bhopal affected by the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster.

This was disclosed by the Madhya Pradesh Minister for Gas Relief, Babulal Gaur, at a high-level meeting held here to review the departmental activities. He said the water supply scheme for the gas-hit areas would be implemented by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. Under the scheme, water would be supplied to the gas-affected areas from Kolar dam, which is a main source of drinking water for the State Capital.

The State Government has been forced to approve the special water supply scheme in the wake of complaints by the gas-affected people that they were being forced to drink water contaminated by tons of toxic chemicals lying inside the now-abandoned Carbide premises. A provision for Rs. 2 crores has also been made for supply of drinking water in a few more residential areas falling under three different municipal wards. The funds for this purpose were allotted to the Municipal Corporation by the State Gas Relief Department during the last fiscal.

Discussions were also held at the review meeting about the Rs.100-crore memorial to be built inside the Union Carbide factory premises. The memorial would have a museum along with a library and a garden. The Capital Project Administration of the State Government would be the implementing agency and Rs. 10 crores has been earmarked for this project in the current budget.

Mr. Gaur expressed dissatisfaction over the existing arrangements in various hospitals being run under the Gas Relief Department and demanded immediate improvement in the situation.


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