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Bhopal gas victims join hands with Pithampur NGOs

Above ground waste tip of the iceberg.

Discussions continue in Bhopal regarding the disposal of the 350 tonnes of toxic waste still lying around in the abandoned Union Carbide pesticide factory.

This is effectively serving as a smokescreen in front of the real issue: that of the MANY THOUSANDS of toxic waste underground which have been the source of the groundwater contamination in Bhopal for over three decades.

The toxic waste was dumped by the factory, while it was in operation, and has been contaminating the drinking water of thousands of people.

#DowChemical bought Union carbide outright, in 2001, but continue to deny any responsibility for the toxic waste.

TNN Jan 8, 2014, 12.03PM IST

BHOPAL: A day after TOI reported proposed trial run of toxic Carbide waste to ascertain TSDF facility of Ramky group at Pithampur, NGOs working for the survivors of Bhopal gas disaster extended support to local NGOs in Pithampur. Both are opposing ’s decision on Monday that would paved the way for central pollution control board (CPCB) to incinerate 10 tons of toxic waste in the next few weeks.

“Until elections, MP government opposed incineration at Pithampur and post elections government did a volte-face,” said gas activist Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) which is also an intervener in the Supreme Court case on clean-up of toxic waste at UCIL.

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Dhingra said apart from opposition to the trial run of waste, her organization will support any agitation launched by other NGOs preventing the incineration of waste. “350 MT tons waste above the ground is only tip of the ice-berg. Government is silent on the thousands of ton of toxic waste which is causing environmental and health problems to the population in Bhopal,” she added.

“People of Pithampur need to be party in the process and their apprehensions need to be taken care of and clarified by the government, before any incineration takes place,” said gas activist Abdul Jabbar.

 

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