Bhopal: The Centre in an affidavit submitted before Jabalpur High Court on Tuesday said that the Madhya Pradesh government will siphon the toxic wastes from the premises of the now defunct Union Carbide factory responsible for Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

While hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), for the disposal of tones of toxic waste, the Jabalpur High Court was conveyed the Centre’s stand that the state government has to dump the wastes.

Notably, a Bhopal resident Alok Pratap Singh had raised the issue of Union Carbide's toxic waste through a PIL in 2004 requesting a scientific disposal of it.

During the hearing, an affidavit was presented from the Union Forest and Environment Ministry which said the waste would be disposed off in the laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagpur and it would take a time of two years. It has also been cleared that MP government would transport these wastes to Nagpur.

After a detailed study of the government affidavit, a two member bench comprising Justice Sushil Harkoli and UC Banerjee asked the DRDO lab to present an affidavit in this regard citing if it is ready or not to do the task.

The court, however, has asked the lab to present the affidavit soon so that the MP government would expedite the process of transporting the wastes. The bench has also asked the Union Government to clear as to why the disposal would take two year’s time.

Advocate General R D Jain was asked by the court to clear about the state government’s strategy to transport the wastes to Nagpur within a week. The court also directed the state to provide the report before the State Pollution Control Board so that any possible health threats would be detected before transporting the wastes.

Earlier, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh had suggested that the 350 tonnes of waste will be dumped at DRDO lab. The next hearing in the case will take place on July 12.

(JPN/Bureau)