Bhopal: The defunct Union Carbide factory
has over 347 metric tonnes of toxic waste which will be
disposed of at the Pithampur-based Treatment Storage Disposal
Facility (TSDF) in Dhar district, state Housing and
Environment Minister Jayant Mallaiya said on Tuesday.
The toxic waste dumped in a shade in the factory
consisted of 96 MT of Sevin and Napthal residue, 30 MT Reactor
residue, 56 MT semi-processed pesticides and 165 MT excavated
waste, Mallaiya informed the Assembly in a written reply to a
query by Congress legislator Kalpana Parulekar.
The minister said his department has not formulated any
separate policy for the disposal of toxic waste.
Though this question basically pertains to the Gas Relief
Department, a decision for moving this toxic waste to TSDF
Pitahmpur was taken in view of the Supreme Court directives on
the issue, he said.
Mallaiya informed that the TSDF facility was constructed
at Pithampur for the disposal of hazardous waste by the State
Industries Development Corporation, Ramky Enviro Engineering
Limited and Pithampur Auto Cluster.
To a query on the amount spent by the department to
minimise the ill-effects of disposal of hazardous waste on
humans, the Minister said that since no amount was spent by
his department on the issue, the question did not arise.