Gas victim colony sans basic facilities
Central Chronicle, 22nd January 2001


BHOPAL JANUARY 21: The state government seems to have forgotten its promises to provide basic facilities to the widows of Bhopal gas victims at Karond.

During a press trip in the locality organised by the Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan convenor Abdul Jabbar, it was found that the colony is facing serious problems related to civic amenities. The state government had constructed 2,600 houses for the widows about eight years ago. Out of this only 2,450 approached for seeking benefits of this scheme of the government.

Abdul Jabbar said that only a part of the colony was handed over to the BMC by the Housing Board.

In want of maintenance, the houses have become dilapidated before occupying. Ms Soni Bai of the colony said she recently received an electricity bill amounting to Rs 5,000. Contaminated water is being supplied in the locality probably due to seepage in sewer lines, she added.

Ms Sheela Bai said space is reserved for the school is existing making it difficult for education to the children of the locality. Sanitary pipe line is damaged in all the quarters of L- category. Following these problems some gas victims have rented their houses and are residing in other localities.