The Supreme Court may have taken exception to Indian Institute of Toxic Research (IITR) seeking more time for water testing in and around Union Carbide plant but major NGOs working among the gas victims seemed to suggest that it was not the right time for groundwater testing and more time should be given to IITR to carry out testing.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir on Tuesday asked ITTR to submit its report on water testing from Carbide site by September 26.
Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group of Information & Action (BGIA), however, said that monsoon was not the right time for groundwater testing as chemicals and pesticides present in the water get diluted.
Agencies like IITR avoid testing water in monsoon and rightly so.
"We shall go to the court in seven to 10 days to request them to consider extending the date for submission of report beyond September 26," she said.
Convener, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sagthan (BGPMUS), Abdul Jabbar, too, agreed with Rachna and said labs donft take samples of water from water bodies during monsoon but in this case samples from landfills and surface water from inside the Union Carbide plant could be taken during rainy season itself.
Underground water sample should be taken in the month of October or November once the water settles down after monsoon.
Minister for gas relief, Babulal Gaur said he had not seen the copy of judgement so far and it would not be appropriate for him to comment on it without going through the judgement copy.