MP court to decide on Bhopal waste disposal
Jabalpur: The Jabalpur Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Thursday, is expected to take up the intervention appeal filed Maharashtra government against the court’s July 12 order to incinerate toxic waste from the former Union Carbide plant in the Defence Research and Development Organisation facility at Butibori near Nagpur.
The disposal of the waste lying in Carbide's defunct plant (from where the toxic gas had leaked in 1984, killing thousands) has become a contentious issue, with the Maharashtra Government categorically stating that it would not allow the toxic waste from the Carbide plant to be disposed of in the state.
Moreover, the state government has already decided that it will move the Supreme Court if the High Court decides against it.
Interestingly, Madhya Pradesh High Court had earlier directed that the waste be disposed of at the Defence Research and Development Organisation's Ankleshwar facility in Gujarat, but the Gujarat government moved the apex court against it.
Maharashtra government is claiming that Madhya Pradesh had not sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from it, and also that there is a facility in Pithampur near Indore to treat such waste and hence the waste should be disposed of within the state itself.