Chidu blames ‘negative media campaign’; Gas bodies disappointed.
Bhopal : As the German firm, which was to carry out the disposal of the chemical waste lying on the premises of the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, refused to do so, NGOs have cornered the Central as well as State governments to fix the liabilities of Dow Chemicals for the disposal of chemicals.
The company GIZ was to incinerate 350 metric tonnes of packaged chemical waste, which is lying in the factory after the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.
In a letter to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, GIZ said it had reviewed its engagement following a “negative” media campaign in Germany that depicted the project as being against the interests of the German public.
The central government in July had cleared the plan to dispose the solid waste from the defunct pesticide plant of the Union Carbide, where a gas leak killed at least 15,000 people.
However, UAD Minister Babulal Gaur said as state government had not signed any agreement or MoU so if German firm withdraws, it hardly matters. Gaur also said that the matter would be raised in the next meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Bhopal gas tragedy. Referring to the Supreme Order directing the State government to get the waste lifted, Gaur said that the government would tell the SC that as no agency was willing to handle the job, it would be not be possible to implement the court order.
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sanghathan (BGPMUS) Abdul Jabbar said, “It is very unfortunate that German Company has given up idea of lifting the chemicals and now government should ensure the safe disposal of the chemicals.”
Bhopal Group of Action and Information Satinath Sarangi said, “The German company’s refusal to lift the chemicals from Union Carbide plant reflects the level of toxicity of the waste. And government should take the prompt decision.”Bhopal Group of Action and Information Rachna Dhingara said, “Now first of all, central as well as state government should fix the liabilities of Dow Chemical instead of telling other country to dispose it off. Secondly, the environmental factors should also be considered before disposal of chemicals.”