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Title: The Killing Fields of Alang!
Authors: Kumbhare, Prakash
Ghosh, Arindam
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: India’s ship breaking industry is vital for its economy but unsafe for the environment and more so for the health of the workers. Strict monitoring and regulation and incorporation of best practices and environmentally sound technologies can retrieve the situation. In April this year six people were killed as a massive fire broke out in Plot No. 27 at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat.  The six people were dismantling a ship from which too much oil leaked into the sea. Soon the ship caught fire and the six unfortunate workers were charred to death. But this is not the first time that such tragic incidents have happened at Alang, one of the world’s biggest and busiest ship-breaking yards.  Besides, apart from deaths and injuries, the devastation caused to the health of those working in close proximity of potentially hazardous materials on ships is anybody’s guess.And then one has also to grapple with the huge environmental cost. Alang was once a pristine beach before it was turned into a death yard.
Page(s): 8-14
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(06) [June 2010]

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