Plan to open Bhopal’s ‘factory of death’ dropped

Rama Lakshmi; 28/11/09

Inidan authorities in Bhopal, site of the world’s worst industrial accident, have decided against opening up the factory at the centre of the tragedy. The controversial idea, announced earlier this month, was that the Union Carbide plant would be opened for a week to mark the 25th anniversary of the accident in a bid to dispel fears that the site was still harmful. It sparked protests from victims groups who said the step would put people in danger and was insensitive towards the tens of thousands estimated to have been killed by the gas leak from the factory on December 3, 1984.