Monday, November 30, 2009

In Solidarity with Dhulapi People against Syngenta

Goa Federation of Mines Affected People (GOAMAP) extends solidarity and support to People of Dhulapi and Mangado villages in Corlim Panchayat jurisdiction in Tiswadi taluka in their struggle demanding that multinational pesticides plant Syngenta quits and handover agricultural land - under Syngenta occupation for the past 40 years - back to the villagers.

GOAMAP believes Syngenta causes grave danger to the people in the neighborhood in case of leakages of chemicals inside the plant. GOAMAP is opposed to location of any hazardous chemical plants in the thickly populated areas and questions the wisdom of those who allowed such a project in the thickly populated area in Corlim Panchayat jurisdiction. In case of any disaster at Syngenta tragedy in which thousands of people lost their lives overnight, caused 25 years ago after Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal will be repeated in Goa.

In order to prevent the industrial disaster of this nature GOAMAP believe that Syngenta must plan to safely fold up their operations at Santa Monica Plant, Corlim at the earliest. This is best way out prevent tragedy as the Syngenta has callously neglected the safety precautions for its neighborhoods for the past 40 years.

Mock drill-types sought to be forced on people by State in collusion with Syngenta on November 13, 2009 is not the solution to this ticking time bomb in Goa.

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