Karnataka tops in control of fatal losses in industries: A R Vijayendra

The State of Karnataka tops the list with no fatal human losses or disasters in the industrial or factory sector, said A R Vijayendra, additional director of Department of Factories, Boilers, Industrial safety and health.

He was speaking at a session on ‘Industrial, chemical disaster – Issues and challenges’ at Hotel Country Inn, here, organised by the CII and NIPM Mysuru in association with the Department of Factories, Boilers, Industrial Safety and Health. The programme was organised to commemorate the ‘Chemical Disaster Day’ in remembrance of the Bhopal disaster which occurred in December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited, pesticide plant at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

T S Sudhir, Pharmaceutical Design Consultant, who also spoke on the occasion, said that Karnataka is the first and only state that has made sure there is no usage of chlorine in industries and said that this has set an example for many states and even other countries.

T G Manjunatha, director, Factories, Boilers, Industrial Safety and Health, the chief guest, said it is unfortunate that India is associated with one of the world’s worst industrial disasters and that such ghastly disasters are devastating and caution us how the industrial fraternity have to develop proactive and safety measures when using large quantities of hazardous chemicals for manufacturing.

Talking of the Sakala programme of the state government, he said that it has been well accepted since it is pro factories and employee-friendly, while it ensures approval of factory plans, renewals of licences, approval of manufacturing drawings and even application of plans for entrepreneurs, etc., online, for hassle free reception to do business.

Over 400 industry representatives participated in the event.

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