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Govt told to specify quantum of waste generated by hospitals

Asking medical bodies to ensure proper collection, segregation and disposal of bio-medical waste in the national Capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to submit the quantum of waste generated by city hospitals, nursing homes and labs.

A Bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to file a detailed affidavit on the issue and asked it to point out whether any hospital, nursing home and laboratory had its own facility to deal with the bio-medical waste.

“The counsel appearing for the DPCC is directed to file a comprehensive affidavit only by the Member Secretary, giving the total number of hospital, nursing homes, laboratories and other allied medical facilities in NCT, Delhi,” it said. 

“Of these, what is the extent of generation of bio-medical waste per category. Further, the quantum of generated bio-medical waste facilities that reach to them...The NCT, Delhi (government) is directed to furnish complete details to the DPCC and file a copy,” the Bench added.

It also issued notice to all medical “facilities” in the city and asked them to be present before it on October 19, the next date of hearing.

The Tribunal had in July directed hospitals in Uttarakhand to properly manage bio-medical and solid waste, adding that any violation would lead to the imposition of an environmental compensation amounting to Rs 50,000.

The NGT had earlier said that there should be no throwing of any medical, bio-medical or any other waste into the Ganga and if any hospital was found doing so anywhere, the authorities would recover Rs 20,000 per violation from them.

It had directed the Uttarakhand government to construct at least two more bio-medical waste and hazardous waste plants to meet the requirement of hospitals in the state.
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