The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) on Wednesday informed the National Green Tribunal that a majority of the government hospitals were not following the biomedical waste rules (BMW) in MP. The board’s claim was based on inspections of the healthcare institutions in the state.
The tribunal, comprising Justice Dalip Singh as judicial member and PS Rao as expert member, has summoned director and secretary of the health department in this regard on Thursday, the next date of hearing. The tribunal was hearing the case filed by petitioner Dr Alankrita Mehra regarding Upper Lake.
Tribunal in its order stated that during hearing on the issue last month, it was informed that for compliance of the BMW Rules-1998, hospitals in Bhopal had deposited the inspection fee but applications, which were required to be submitted online before the MPPCB for carrying out the inspection, had not been submitted.
The tribunal was informed that out of 78 medical establishments in Bhopal, 62 had had not applied online for the inspection under the prescribed format.
The counsel for MPPCB informed the tribunal that its 13 regional offices had conducted inspection of health establishments in the state. During the inspections, the board officials found that a majority of government hospitals had “not even sought for authorisation (for incineration of BMW) apart from having other shortcomings”.
Sachin Verma, counsel for the state government, said that the director, medical and health services, would convene a meeting of all the district officials to apprise them about the requirements of the BMW Rules-1998, especially the necessity of submitting the application and the manner in which they were to be submitted online.
The issue of BMW disposal cropped up in this case as a result of media reporting that the waste was being indiscriminately disposed of into the Upper Lake either through the public sewer lines or in the form of municipal solid waste.