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Playing watch guard

IIT Madras-incubated start-up, DeTect Technologies, ensures oil and gas companies enjoy uninterrupted operations

RA Chandroo

It was the fateful night of December 2, 1984. An undetected leakage in a pesticide plant released the poisonous methyl isocyanate gas that claimed around 20,000 lives and left half a million marred for life. Newspapers across the globe called it the world’s worst industrial disaster then. Thirty years later the Bhopal Gas Tragedy continues to haunt the victims as they seek justice in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Down south in the city of Chennai, three final year engineering students and their professor have developed an algorithm-based solution that could help prevent such a catastrophe in the future.