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Hundreds of nursing homes face penal action

At least 500 nursing homes, clinics and laboratories in the Capital face penal action for not applying for mandatory authorisation certificates needed to generate and manage biomedical waste, reports HT Correspondent.

delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2008 00:01 IST

At least 500 nursing homes, clinics and laboratories in the Capital face penal action for not applying for mandatory authorisation certificates needed to generate and manage biomedical waste.

Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) gives out authorisation certificates to healthcare units and these 500 units stand unauthorised in dealing with hazardous biomedical waste.

“We have given authorisation to 781 units so far, out of the 1,261 that had applied for the same,” said J.K. Dadoo, Delhi Environment secretary.

The pollution control committee had invited applications from healthcare units seeking authorisation as a new way to keep a tab on generation and management of biomedical waste in Delhi.

“There are 1,720 units in Delhi which come under the purview of these rules,” he said, while speaking at the inauguration of a conference on Biomedical Waste Management on Tuesday.

Only 20 healthcare units have installed Effluent Treatment Plants and Solar Water Heating System, while only 27 units have rainwater-harvesting systems.

“We will penalise all those units which are not run in the manner prescribed for environment-friendly management of medical waste. No unit will be allowed to pollute the city,” Dadoo said.

In terms of cleaning efforts, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), too, has drawn up a mammoth plan of constructing 3,200 public toilets, said Mayor Arti Mehra at the inaugural function.

“These toilets are primarily for people living below the poverty because they do not have access to sanitation facilities,” she said.

The MCD is about to introduce what is known as plasma technology to reduce municipal solid waste, she informed.

“It is a highly successful way of reducing waste by burning it high temperature,” she said.