Disposal of Bhopal toxic waste approved

imageThe 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.

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