A National Green Tribunal constituted committee has found gross violations of biomedical waste (BMW) management rules at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhopal during an inspection on Friday.
Sachin Verma, coordinator of the hospital and medical facilities inspection committee, told HT that the team inspected AIIMS Bhopal on Friday.
“We found gross violations and nonobservance of BMW rules. The hospital staff was following the hospital’s own rules framed in contravention of the BMW rules. There was no segregation of municipal solid waste even in the general ward. Instead of dustbins, paper cartoons were being used,” he said.
Sachin Verma said there was no authorisation from the State Pollution Control Board in the issue.
“Effluents from the pathology lab and the operation theatre were being discharged in pits contaminating ground water. There was no sewerage treatment plant or effluent treatment in the hospital. The untreated sewerage was being discharged in the open pits,” he said.
The other members of the committee included Parul Bhadoriya, Dharamveer Sharma and Ayush Dev Bajpai.
Parul Bhadoria said she was surprised that they had changed the colour code for the collection of the BMW at AIIMS.
“They are following their own rules which is against the BMW rules,” she said, adding, “The report of the committee will now be placed before the NGT on May 28”.