Bhopal: The defunct Union Carbide factory
has 347 metric tonnes of toxic waste which will be disposed of
in the Pithampur-based Treatment Storage Disposal Facility
(TSDF) in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh Housing and
Environment Minister Jayant Mallaiya said 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 State 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 how much money was spent by the department
to minimise the ill-effects of disposal of hazardous waste on
human beings, the Minister said that since no amount was spent
by his department on the issue, the question did not arise.