Published: Saturday 15 December 2001

No breakthrough has been made in the dialogue between Bhutan's ministry of agriculture and the Indian authorities regarding the safe disposal of about 33 metric tonnes of hazardous chemical waste stored in a makeshift shed at Paro in Bhutan. India's neighbour wants it to incinerate the chemicals in Mumbai. But to get permits for transit is a major hindrance.

Says N K Pradhan , director of the National Plant Protection Centre in Semtokha, Bhutan, "We were requested by the Indian authorities to give information on the chemicals but we haven't received any concrete offer for disposal."

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