35% of country’s hazardous units in Vapi-Hazira-Ankleshwar-Dahej belt: Gujarat chief secretary

AHMEDABAD: Emphasizing on the need for mitigating risks and preventing industrial hazards in Gujarat, state chief secretary, JN Singh, said that some 35% of the country’s hazardous units fall in the highly industrialized belt of Vapi-Hazira-Ankleshwar-Dahej belt, which is also known as the golden corridor. He was speaking at the inaugural address of the 33rd Chemical Industrial Disaster Management Conference organized in Ahmedabad on March 14.
“Gujarat is a highly industrialized state and therefore is prone to chemical and industrial hazards. Some 35% of the major hazardous units falling in the Vapi-Hazira-Ankleshwar-Dahej belt makes it prone to industrial and chemical hazards. We’re therefore extremely cautious in ensuring that no hazard occurs,” said Singh.
Gujarat has a total of 36,179 factories registered in the factories act. It has a chemical port in Dahej while the ports of Mundra and Kandla also handle large amounts of petrochemical products and so do the ports of Dahej and Pipavav.

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