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Zydus R&D unit in Gujarat, India


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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Zydus R&D unit in Gujarat, India
State or province:Gujarat
Location of conflict:Changodar
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific commodities:Chemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Zydus Research Centre (ZRC) is the dedicated research and development (R&D) arm of Zydus Cadila. This unit was established in the year 2000. This modern research facility is spread over an area of about 3, 60,000 sq. ft. The unit is located at Changodar near Ahmedabad city. About 300 scientists and technologists are actively engaged in R&D in various disciplines of Biology and Bio pharmaceutical research. The Centre has received GLP Accreditation from National GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) compliance monitoring authority of Government of India [3].

Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:Not known
Start of the conflict:01/03/2014
Company names or state enterprises:Zydus Cadila from India - Owner of the plant
Relevant government actors:Gujarat Pollution Control Board
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
Reaction stageLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Local scientists/professionals
Gujarat Pollution Control Board authorities
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Soil contamination, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Other Environmental impacts
Health ImpactsPotential: Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Strengthening of participation
Technical solutions to improve resource supply/quality/distribution
Application of existing regulations
Project temporarily suspended
Development of alternatives:Generally, chemical oxygen demand (COD) value of discharged water from the plant should be zero. However, the maximum of 2 mg/liter is allowed. During the inspection, GPCB officials have found that the COD value of waste water discharged from the plant is in very higher side of the permissible limit (about over 150 mg/liter). The higher COD value of the waste water from the plant is very dangerous for the people living in the periphery of the plant. The R&D facility of Zydus Cadila discharges about 30,000 liters of water every day. Hence strong and stringent measures should be taken so that the company could not release water from its plant untreated.
This is perhaps a very positive step from the part of Gujarat Pollution Control Board. Others will also learn lesson form this example [2].
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The presence of toxic effluent in ground water aquifers would prove dangerous for people living near the R&D centre. The GPCB team has disconnected power supply to the research centre and sealed the premises [2].
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

The air (prevention and control of pollution) act, 1981
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The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[2] R&D unit served closure notice over pollution
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[3] Zydus Cadila
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[1] Zydus Cadila
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Zydus Research unit served closure notice over pollution, Ahmedabad - Tv9 Gujarati (in Gujarati)
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update04/06/2014
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