Carbide waste disposal: MPCB's nod needed



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