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MP govt moves high court to open Union Carbide factory

Last Updated: Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 20:17

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has
moved the State High Court seeking permission for opening the
defunct Union Carbide Factory here for the public, 25 years
after the lethal gas release from it killed thousands of
people on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984.

"We had plans to open the factory for public for a week
from December 2, but we have now moved the High Court to seek
permission for this since it is hearing a case in connection
with the factory," the State Urban Administration and
Development, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation
Minister Babulal Gaur said to a news agency.

Some NGOs ,however, are against opening of the factory
for public, claiming that toxic waste was lying there.

International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
representative, Rachna Dhingra claimed that at least ten
governmental and non-governmental studies have confirmed
presence of highly toxic chemicals in and around the factory.

Dhingra said that the Madhya Pradesh High Court in its
order on October 29, 2005 had observed that the factory
premises should be guarded by deputing armed personnel so that
no outsider can enter there. The court had also passed orders
for safe disposal of the toxic waste that was causing

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 20:17
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