GoM nod to disposal of Bhopal toxic waste in Germany
A Group of Ministers today gave approval to Madhya Pradesh government to dispose of 350 metric tonnes of toxic waste from now closed Union Carbide factory in Bhopal in Germany.delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2012 23:38 IST
A Group of Ministers on Friday gave approval to Madhya Pradesh government to dispose of 350 metric tonnes of toxic waste from now closed Union Carbide factory in Bhopal in Germany.
As per the decision, the Central government will pay Rs. 25 crore towards the cost of airlifting the waste which will be removed within a year.
The waste will be airlifted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a German government's development aid agency.
Babulal Gaur, Madhya Pradesh minister for Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Relief and Rehabilitation said that the GoM under the chairmanship of Union home minister P Chidambaram has asked the state government to prepare an agreement within two weeks' time.
"The whole procedure of removing the waste will be completed within a year," Gaur said.
The Madhya Pradesh government will submit the agreement to the Centre before the next meeting.
The worst-ever industrial disaster had taken place at the Union Carbide plant on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984.
According to a government data, a total compensation of over Rs. 3,000 crore has been given in 5,295 cases of death, 4,902 cases of permanent disability, 5,27,894 cases of minor injury and 35,455 cases related to temporary disability among others.