In the rush for economic growth, Indian citizens have had scant opportunity to comment on or influence development plans by companies such as Visaka. Events which have taken place in the Indian State of Bihar show that this disenfranchisement will no longer be tolerated. Civil society is demanding a say in whether or not toxic factories spewing out asbestos contamination will be accepted within their communities. The newly raised voice of public opinion and the mobilization by local populations against the citing of asbestos-cement plants in their midst is changing the political, social and economic dynamics of India's damaging asbestos trade.
On January 16, 2013, up to 3,000 people took part in a mass demonstration in Patna, the capital of Bihar State.
For more than two years people in Vaishali have been voicing their objections to Utkal's plans to impose an asbestos processing facility on their village. As a result of their protests on June 14, 2012, the district administrator put a hold on construction on the designated site. Unfortunately, work began again on December 16, 2012; direct action taken as a result included a mass blockade of the main road from Mahua to Samastipur. Commenting on the protest which took place in Patna earlier this month, Gopal Krishna, of the Ban Asbestos Network of India, said: