Declared dead

Karnataka hospitals face closure for not treating waste

Published: Sunday 30 September 2001

Three well-known hospitals of Karnataka have been served closure notices by the state pollution control board (SPCB), for failing to comply with the Bio-medical Waste Management Rules. Victoria, Vani Vilas and Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) are the three hospitals that have been served the notice. "The hospitals are not disposing their waste in a scientific manner," says Upendra Tripathy, SPCB's chairperson.

According to SPCB officials, Vani Vilas and kims have even failed to get incinerators installed. All the three hospitals do not segregate their waste before disposing it. Tripathy said the notices were issued when the respective superintendents failed to act on repeated warnings. The board has also directed the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited to cut off their power supply. According to Tripathy, awareness is more important than mere issuing of directions.

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