NIMBY gains ground

An interesting comment has been posted on the proposed SEZ and PCPIR in Mangalore.

Ramesh argues against any chemical investment in Mangalore as it is an ecologically sensitive area. He also refers to a recent article in The Hindu which refers to an alleged oil leak from an MRPL facility in Mangalore that has contaminated three irrigation wells.

This comment reinforces my belief that the not in my backyard (NIMBY) syndrome is spreading in India. Large projects will increasingly face public resistance.

Chemicals are a vital component of almost every product that we consume daily. But will we have enough if every part of the country lobbies against their production?

It’s high time Indian chemical companies joined hands to develop an effective campaign. I am all for safe production of chemicals but I can’t imagine life without them. Can you?


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