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    The Year 2–3 December 1984.

    The Bhopal disaster, also referred to as the Bhopal gas tragedy, was a gas leak incident on the night of 02-03.12.1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. It was considered as of 2010 to be the world's worst industrial disaster.

    Few years back I saw one documentary on the Discovery Channel. It just went into detailing about what actually happened that time & refering the same, how the responsilibility got shifted to a Supervisor. Adding, that I have been to a chemical company in Ankleshwar, Gujrat for quite some time & that's why I might be able to explain the in a layman language.

    Stating that in a chemical manufacturing unit we have numerous pipes through which the chemicals are made to pass through. We can compare this with the veins & nerves inside our body. Now what the discovery channel briefed is that one of the pipes got jammed & then the liquid goes backward. This couldn't came into limelight as the supervisor wasn't there or was missing. This jam & opposite flow of the liquid result in constipation like of activity. As the cool morning breeze picked up pace, it carried the poisonous gas leaking from the Union Carbide factory to rest of the city and killing people - both awake and asleep. As per government's affidavit, about 3,000 people died of poisonous gas within a few hours of the incident.
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    It is really a bad incident which can never be forgotten. As mentioned by the author the poisonous gas leakage made many people lose their lives and the next generations will definitely have the impact of these gases released into the atmosphere. In many accidents in industries finally, the responsibility will go down to the shop floor supervisor only. But keeping the severity of mishaps the process designers and engineers to should conduct the HAZOP study and create the required safety systems online so that the whole system will fail proof safe. But these things will not come for discussion as the top people from the industry as well as from inspection departments of governemnt will be involved.
    But after this incident, a lot of awareness has come in the country and more care about environmental protection and safety measures is increased.

    drrao
    always confident


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