Bhopal toxic waste: SC puts on hold order for disposal

The Supreme Court put on hold its order directing disposal of toxic wastes lying in the Union Carbide India Ltd plant

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 12:56 am

The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold its order directing disposal of toxic wastes lying in the Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) plant,now represented by Dow Chemical Company,in Bhopal at the Pithampur waste treatment storage and disposal facility (TSDF) in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district.

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhyaya deferred the implementation of the order after the Madhya Pradesh government and some NGOs raised worries about the possible “fallout” of incinerating UCIL wastes.

“Our grief should not be someone else’s fright,” senior advocate Rajiv Dhavan,appearing for a group representing Bopal gas tragedy victims,said.

“We have said that the waste should be disposed of without harm to a single person,” the court responded.

The court also learnt that a decision by a Group of Minister (GoM) on Bhopal about the most apt way of disposing of the waste was still pending.

The Bench indicated that if the GoM comes out with a decision,preferably within two weeks,the matter could be heard during the vacation and a request could be made to the Chief Justice of India for constituting a Bench to hear it.

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