There have been media articles about the protest near the company’s specialty chemical Plant in Dahej, Gujarat. The company would like to clarify that the protest was initiated when GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation) and the local government, with the help of local police, removed illegal water supply connection from GIDC’s industrial water pipeline by locals. GIDC provides the infrastructure for water, electricity, roads, drainage, etc. for the development of industries in Gujarat and Dahej is one of the largest industrial parks in Gujarat. The local authorities are working with the locals for the resolution of the matter.
UPL continues to operate its plant without any disruptions. UPL is a “responsible care company” and has been rated as the second most generous company in India (by Bloomberg). UPL is committed to community development initiatives including schools, colleges, healthcare, skill development center, and other welfare programs not only at its plant locations in Gujarat, India, viz. Vapi, Ankleshwar, Jhagadia, Halol, Dahej, but also at its global sites.
At the Dahej site in Gujarat, UPL has implemented multiple social infrastructure development projects which include; construction & maintenance of schools, toilet block, community water tank, washing Ghats, skill development centre, social forestry, and mangrove plantation.