GoM nod for shifting Bhopal waste disposal site

The ministerial panel on the Bhopal gas tragedy today decided to change the site for disposal of toxic waste from Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh following protests from local residents.

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 00:46 AM IST

New Delhi: The ministerial panel on the
Bhopal gas tragedy today decided to change the site for
disposal of toxic waste from Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh
following protests from local residents.

"The toxic waste from the Union Carbide Company will not
be disposed of at Pithampur. The government of Madhya Pradesh
and the Centre will hold discussion to decide on the
alternative site," MP Urban Development Minister Babulal Gaur
said.

He was briefing reporters on the meeting of the Group of
Ministers (GoM) on the Bhopal gas tragedy which is headed by
Home Minister P Chidambaram.

The GoM reviewed the progress made by various ministries
on its recommendations to the Union Cabinet three months ago.

Gaur said the GoM also decided to sanction additional
compensation of Rs 72 crore for those who died in the tragedy
but were left out from the list earlier.

The defunct Union Carbide factory has 347 metric tonnes
of toxic waste which has to be disposed of.

In June, the Union Cabinet had accepted all the 22
recommendations of the GoM and decided to push for extradition
of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson and ascertain
the liability of Dow Chemicals besides announcing a Rs 1265.56
crore package for relief and remediation.

In August, the CBI had filed a curative petition before
the Supreme Court seeking restoration of stringent charge of
culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which attracts
maximum punishment of ten-year jail term, against the accused
in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy case.

Besides Chidambaram, other members of the panel include
Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad,
Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Road Transport
Minister Kamal Nath, Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari
Selja, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M K Alagiri,
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Minister in the PMO
Prithviraj Chavan. Gaur is also a member.

-PTI