New Delhi: Government will spend 30 crore in removing 346 metric tonnes of toxic waste from the Bhopal gas tragedy site, over 25 years after the deadly industrial disaster took place.

The waste will be taken to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) controlled incineration facility near Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy hold placrads during a demonstration outside a district court in Bhopal. Photo: PTI

“The sole responsibility of safe transportation of toxic waste from Bhopal to the DRDO facility will be that of the government of Madhya Pradesh," it said.

According to a government data, compensation of over 3000 crore has been given in 5,295 cases of death, 4,902 for sustaining permanent disability, 5,27,894 cases of minor injury and 35,455 related to temporary disability among others.

The disaster took place at the Union Carbide plant on the intervening night of 2-3 December 1984.

“The total cost for the incineration of the toxic waste would be 30 crore excluding the cost of transportation of waste from Bhopal to the DRDO incineration facility at Borkhedi near Nagpur," it said in reply to an RTI application.

“Till date, no waste has been removed from the UCIL site as the matter is under sub-judice of the high court of Madhya Pradesh," the reply said.