BHOPAL EVENING CHRONICLE
Jabalpur, April 29
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the State Government to produce the chemical examination report of three experts concerning the sealed factory of Union Carbide.
The directive is sequel to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed for removal of chemical wastes from the Union Carbide premises. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Anand Kumar Patnaik and Justice Ajeet Singh while hearing the petition of Alok Pratap Singh of Jahreeli Gas Morcha, seeking court directives to Union and State Government for the removal of chemical wastes and poisonous substance from the factory premises of Union Carbide Bhopal, issued the above directives and fixed the next date of hearing also.
Petitioners’ counsel submitted before the court that on the intervening night of December 2 and 3 1984, the poisonous gas Methyl iso cyanide had leaked from the plant of Union Carbide Bhopal factory which claimed over ten thousand lives and was registered as the biggest tragedy of the world.
The counsel contended that the State Government has sealed the factory after the gas leakage incident but no care was taken by the Union or the State Government or the owners of the factory to remove the chemical wastes and other poisonous substances used for making fertilizers and insecticides at the Union Carbide plant.
He contended that the chemical wastes and poisonous substances stored inside the Union Carbide plant was scattered in an area of 20 acres. The poisonous substances were causing damage to the environment of the area, affecting standing crops of adjoining villages and spreading poisonous chemicals percolated through the rain water and making the under groundwater full of poisonous chemicals.
The petitioner prayed for Court direction to Union and State Government for the removal of toxic waste materials scattered in the Union Carbide Plant of Bhopal creating problems to environment and damaging the fertility of land. In this matter, the court on February 23 had directed the State Pollution Control Board to take samples of the chemicals spread in factory.