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SC pulls up Centre for delay in Bhopal toxic waste disposal

The toxic waste has been lying in the UCIL plant since the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

Unhappy with the continuing inaction on the issue of disposal of 350 tonnes of toxic waste lying in the defunct Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) plant for the last 28 years,the SC on Monday pulled up the Centre,directing it to place before it the decision taken by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the issue by the end of June.

“You are not sure even after 28 years. It is because people affected and living in Bhopal are poor. It is a failure on your part to deal with this,” a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya said. It said “there is lack of seriousness in handling this problem”.

The toxic waste has been lying in the UCIL plant since the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

Making it clear that it was not its intention to interfere in government decision,the court said,“The court never wants and should never want to run the government. It is not our job. If media had continuously followed this like the environment issue then picture would have been different.”

On May 11,the apex court had put on hold its order directing disposal of toxic waste lying in the plant at the Pithampur waste treatment storage and disposal facility in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district. On Monday,the counsel for the Centre told the Bench that the GoM is meeting on June 8 and would decide the issue.