For instance, when BGIA activists fell from an air balloon while collecting samples in and around the Carbide factory, the story was covered as a safety issue regarding activists rather than exploring why they were doing what they were doing.
But groundwater contamination did not emerge as a story in the media until the late 1990s, when BGIA activists, compelled by signs of similar health complaints in gas-affected and non-affected communities alike, used a Boston laboratory to conduct independent tests on soil and water samples.
When the energy behind the International Coalition for Justice in Bhopal began to wane in the 1990s, BGIA and Bhopal Action Resource Center attempted to build new networks such as the short-lived International Network of Victims of Corporate and Government Abuse and the Asian Victims for a Hazard Free Environment.
The stroke of brilliance in the creation of Sambhavna was the creation not only of a research and health care facility to fill the void left by government researchers and health care providers, but also of a fundraising arm for the clinic that could remain separate from the political activism that had defined much of the work of BGIA. The fundraising arm became what is now known as the Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA), and due to the movement's earlier connections with Pesticide Action Network (PAN), came to be housed within PAN's UK branch.
These new welding cells were installed by Engineering & Welding Supplies Ltd based in Ashfield and distributors for FLEXTRACTION LTD, who supplied two TEKA 'Strongmaster' BGIA
approved 1,1 kW cartridge filter Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) units for the extraction of the welding fumes.
Bhopal, June 9 (ANI): Activists of the Bhopal Group of Information and Action (BGIA
), a voluntary forum crusading for Bhopal gas tragedy victims, have asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set up a special prosecution cell for further investigation into the probe.
Recommendations are made by positing "what would have been" against "what has been." For the sake of brevity, details about the disaster and its aftermath have been avoided (see BGIA, 1992; Pearce and Tombs, 1989).
BGIA 1992 Compensation Disbursement, Problems and Possibilities: A Report of a Survey Conducted in Three Gas Affected Bastis of Bhopal.
Bhopal, Sep 23(ANI): Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA), a voluntary group representing the victims of 1984 gas tragedy at the Union Carbide, has demanded for clean and potable water for the affected families.
Salinath Sandgi, Convenor of the BGIA, said that people who were affected by the gas tragedy were still being forced to drink polluted water, as chemicals lying in and around the site have seeped into the earth and contaminated the groundwater sources.