Ahmedabad: Congress leader Arjun
Modhvadia today charged that the Gujarat government had
allowed to bring toxic waste at Union Carbide`s plant in
Bhopal for disposal at Ankleshwar in the state but could not
do so due to local activists.
In a press statement, Modhvadia said that thanks to
the fight by the activists and local people, the toxic waste
was not brought to Ankleshwar for disposal.
"A local industrial group, which operates several
plants in Ankleshwar, had signed a contract for disposal of
the toxic waste from Bhopal. The state government had given
permission to help that industrial group," Modhvadia alleged.
Moreover, he said that Gujarat government owned
Gujarat Alcalies Ltd (GACL) has inked an MoU with Dow
Chemicals, which has taken over Union Carbide.
According to him, Ankleshwar and other industrial
estates in South Gujarat are heavily polluted but the Modi
government has hardly taken any steps to bring down pollution
level there. The state population control board is not
imposing stringent environmental norms on the industry there,