August 13, 2005
Non-government organizations active on the issue of hazardous contamination in and around the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal welcomed today’s order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in which they have been asked to provide a detailed plan for removal and containment of hazardous waste in a safe and scientific manner.
The organizations expressed satisfaction with the direction of the Chief Justice that the NGOs suggest and take part in the implementation of corrective measures with regard to the supposed work of repacking of hazardous waste carried out under the supervision of the MP Pollution Control Board in June this year. The
organizations will be submitting a detailed action plan including immediate rectification measures for containment of above-surface chemical waste inside the factory by September 15, 2005.
The contention of the Union and State Government that the NGOs were a hindrance to the process of clean up, was expressly rejected by the Chief Justice, with the observation that the NGOs have local knowledge and technical expertise to make meaningful suggestions that would benefit the people of Bhopal.
The organizations who will be providing the detailed action plan are Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal ki Aawaaz, Bhopal Group for Information and Action, Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti and Greenpeace.
The organizations will be contacting other Bhopal based organizations and international experts to draw up a safe and practical methodology for containment of toxic waste and remediation of ground water that follows International protocols.
Rashida Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
Syed M Irfan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal ki Aawaaz
Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti