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Vizag gas leak shows we’ve learnt nothing from Bhopal. Industries must move out of cities

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The toxic gas leak in Visakhapatnam that killed 11 people and made hundreds ill shows lessons haven’t been learned from the 1984 Bhopal tragedy. Industries using hazardous substances must be moved out of the heart of our cities or residential neighbourhoods. The land can be used for other civic purposes.

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  1. Many such chemical industries were in fact set up away from cities and in sparsely populatwd areas. If the cities expanded and engulfed these industries, is it the fault of the industries? Besides, who foots the bill of shifting? Who will provide land at new location? Today, obtaining land and environmental clearances is a hurculean task for any entrepreneur.

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