HC ?no? to gas memorial
THE MP High Court here Friday declined to give permission to the State Government for construction of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial at the closed Union Carbide Factory in Bhopal. However, the HC observed that let the toxic waste be cleared first from the factory site.Updated: Feb 03, 2007, 20:55 IST
THE MP High Court here Friday declined to give permission to the State Government for construction of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial at the closed Union Carbide Factory in Bhopal. However, the HC observed that let the toxic waste be cleared first from the factory site.
Before raising the memorial on the plant site at Bhopal, the State Government sought permission from the HC on suggestion of the Task Force constituted on the court’s directives.
In its 9th meeting held on October 16, 2006, the Task Force had asked the MP Government to seek permission from HC before taking action over construction of the memorial.
The State Government informed the HC that the Union Government had already sanctioned Rs 10 crore for construction of the memorial.
While hearing of the PIL on removal of toxic waste from the plant site, a division bench of the HC comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice R S Jha said the State Government’s prayer for permission to construct the memorial at the plant site would be considered later on by it.
The State Government told the HC that it has spent Rs 90 lakh on packaging, testing and retesting of waste material through various institutes including MP Pollution Control Board.
The Government said it ran short of funds and had approached the Centre to provide Rs 2 crore for transportation and incineration of the toxic waste from Bhopal to Ankaleshwar (Gujarat).
The Government said it required funds also for transportation of 40 MT of waste from Bhopal to Pithampur (Indore) for treatment.
HC granted four week’s time to Assistant Solicitor General of India Dharmendra Sharma to submit reply of the Centre on State Government submissions demand for funds to transport, incineration and disposal of hazardous chemical waste including Sevin and Napthol residues and semi-processed pesticides.