Court ban may not solve biomedical waste problem
NEW hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities will not be sanctioned in Mumbai, for the time being. This follows a ban imposed by the Bombay High Court, on February 26. The court passed the order on a public interest petition after the city administration repeatedly failed to comply with earlier court directions on managing the city's biomedical waste.
The public interest petition was moved by Mumbai based non-profit, Consumer Welfare Association. "In the past three years, the court gave many directions but the corporation and the state pollution control board kept passing the buck to each other," said A M Mascarenhas, secretary to the non- profit.
He said the civic administration must act upon the court orders to safeguard public health.The non-profit had approached the court three years ago saying the biomedical waste of the city was disposed of unscientifically in landfill sites and posed a health hazard.
|77 government hospitals and 1,457 private hospitals generate 2,625 tonnes of biomedical waste annually|
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