Disposal of Bhopal toxic waste approved
The government sanctioned removal of about 350 metric tonnes of Union Carbide toxic waste in Bhopal. The sanction was given subsequent to commendations from a Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Bhopal Gas tragedy chaired by Home Minister P C Chidambaram.
As per the proposal, the Central Govt will pay Rs 25 crore towards the cost of airlifting the waste, to be carried out by German agency-GIZ IS. The waste is projected to be moved out within a year.
Approximately 346 mt toxic waste is lying within the site of the former M/s Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) at Bhopal. The worst-ever industrial disaster had taken place at the Union Carbide plant on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation) or GIZ
– An international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries. It primarily works for public-sector organizations. Its headquarter is located in Bonn and Eschborn, Germany.