Carbide plant demolition opposed

“Tank no. 610 and the existing structure at the factory site is an evidence against the company. How can they demolish it?” Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti Convenor Sadhna Karnik Karnik asked.

“It is an attempt to weaken the criminal case pending in the sessions court as the defunct plant is an important evidence in the case against Union Carbide,” she said.

Karnik was reacting to the remarks of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on the issue. “Though the state government and NGOs wants to preserve a part from where the gas leaked as a monument, the Centre and the Group of Ministers (GoMs) on Bhopal Gas Tragedy want to raze the building of the Union Carbide Factory due to mercury contamination,” Ramesh said.

However, the Centre has not taken a final call in the matter, he had said, adding the decision will be taken in July-August after the state government and NGOs put forward their points.

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