The unscientific disposal of bio-medical waste, rampant in major cities such as Mumbai, is posing a serious threat to citizens’ health, a report by the state legislature’s public accounts committee (PAC) has pointed out.
The PAC also sounded an alarm over rising urban pollution levels and slammed the state government’s environment department for not enforcing laws.
The committee, headed by BJP MLA Girish Bapat, submitted the report to the state legislature last week.
Among the worrying points it raised was the fact that many hospitals and clinics do not segregate bio-medical waste from solid waste, and the hazardous way it is dumped has caused a spurt in diseases such as malaria and even cancer.
“Citizens in the big cities like Mumbai and Pune are exposed to the rising hazard of the epidemics and critical illnesses due to rising pollution and bad environmental conditions. The rise in critical illnesses like cancer is worrisome,” the report stated.
To make matters worse, no one is made to bear the consequences of violating environmental rules, it added.