July 04, 2008

HC directs Govt to provide site for bio-medical wastes

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the State government and the municipal corporation to provide a site for dumping bio-medical waste.

Division Bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice V M Kanade was hearing a public interest litigation filed by an NGO against improper disposal of bio-medical wastes.

The PIL contends that though 1998 rules provide for specific ways in which bio-medical waste should be dealt with, hospitals across Maharashtra do not take the rules seriously, which can pose health hazards.

The judges said that it was the obligation of the State government and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to make sure that the bio-medical was disposed in the manner prescribed by the 1998 rules.

The judges also asked the State government to consider the MPCB's requirement of staff as well as funds and take a decision within six weeks.

MPCB had informed the court earlier that they were short of staff and funds.

MPCB's counsel Shrihari Aane informed the court that there were 884 institutions across the state that have not applied for authorisation under the rules.

Out of these, they were considering action against 318 hospitals while prosecution has been initiated against 24 institutions, he said.

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