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Carbide waste disposal: MPCB`s nod needed

Maharashtra government had opposed the proposed disposal near Nagpur following protest from locals.



Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh High Court here
on Thursday directed the Centre to take the permission of
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board before disposing of toxic
waste from the defunct Union Carbide factory at Bhopal at the
DRDO facility near Nagpur.

Maharashtra government had opposed the proposed disposal
near Nagpur following protest from locals.

The direction today was given by the division bench of
justices U C Maheshwari and S Harkoli, on the PIL about the
disposal of Carbide waste, filed by noted social worker Alok
Pratap Singh.

The Maharashtra government and Maharashtra Pollution
Control Board too have filed intervening applications before
the Jabalpur bench, but the court today decided that they
would be heard later.

It however said that MPCB may collect the samples of
toxic waste from Bhopal if it wanted to, and posted the case
for hearing on August 11.

Earlier, the High Court itself had ordered DRDO and
Madhya Pradesh Government to take steps for the disposal of
toxic waste at DRDO facility near Nagpur.

The Union Carbide factory at Bhopal was shut down after
the disastrous gas leak in 1984, in which thousands of people
were killed.

PTI

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