Centre mulls demolition of Union Carbide factory in Bhopal

The Centre is contemplating to demolish the building of the now defunct Union Carbide factory here due to mercury contamination, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Wednesday.

Updated: May 25, 2011, 19:00 PM IST

Bhopal: The Centre is contemplating to
demolish the building of the now defunct Union Carbide factory
here due to mercury contamination, Union Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh said on Wednesday.
"Though the state government and NGOs wants to preserve a
part (of the factory) from where the gas leaked as monument,
the Centre and the Group of Ministers (GoMs) on Bhopal gas
tragedy want to raze the building of the Union Carbide Factory
due to mercury contamination," he told reporters here.

However, a final decision in this regard will be taken
only in July-August after the state government and NGOs
present their case before the Centre, he added.

Ramesh said that the state government and the NGOs were
free to put their point across and make a presentation against
flattening of the Union Carbide factory`s building.
Over 15,000 people were killed and lakhs maimed after
methyl isocyanate gas leaked out from the Union Carbide
factory in December 1984.

PTI