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 Pradeshs 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 elses 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.