Carbide chemical waste to be destroyed in Gujarat

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Bhopal, May 13: About 350 tonnes of chemical waste from multinational Union Carbide Corporation's Bhopal-based pesticide plant, the scene of the 1984 gas leak diaster, will be destroyed in an incinerator at Ankleshwar in Gujarat.

Arrangements were being made for transportation of the waste, now stored in a shed at the factory premises, to Ankleshwar under government expenditure on the High Court directive, official sources said.

Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Ajay Vishnoi yesterday inspected the factory from where nearly 40 tonnes of toxic methyl isocyanate leaked on the night of December 2-3, 1984, killing more than 3,000 people immediately and injuring half a million others.

Besides, another lot of chemical waste of about 40 tonnes of lime slurry stored at the factory premises will be disposed of as landfill at Pithampur near Indore. It will also be transported at government level.

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