The Bhopal Gas Leak Of 1984 Essay

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The Bhopal gas leak in 1984 has represented for the worst industrial disaster in the world that has ever seen . On December 3 1984, more than 40 tons of methyl isocyanine gas leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, immediately killing 3,800 peoples , 520,000 persons were exposed to the gases and estimated 100,000 persons or more have got permanent injuries . The catastrophe has become the symbol of negligence to human history from transnational corporations.

In the 1970s, the Indian government came up with policies which encourage foreign companies to invest in Indian industry. Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) was offered deal to build a plant for the manufacture of Sevin, a pesticide commonly used throughout Asia. As a part of the agreement, India 's government promised that a significant percentage of the investment come from local shareholders. In particular, the chemical plant owned and operated by Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) which is the Indian subsidiary of the Union Carbide Corporation in the US. The UCC hold a 50.9 percent stake in UCIL that is enough to take control of the subsidiary. The story has begun on the night of December 3, 1984 when a large quantity of deadly methyl isocyanine gas (MIC) was leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal. It results in the worst industrial accident in the world where several thousand persons died . It is held that is an accident resulted from sabotage by disgruntled employee brought by an investigation commissioned by…

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