The Jharkhand High Court on Monday pulled up the state pollution control board for failing to take action against hospitals that were dumping bio-medical wastes in the open.
A division bench of chief justice Virender Singh and justice PP Bhatt said: “It seems the board was not performing its job. It itself is creating pollution. What (was) its chairman and member secretary doing? They issue notices and hold meetings but what next? Nothing is visible at the ground level.”
The court then directed the municipal bodies of Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad to identify a land in consultation with the state pollution control board for dumping the bio-medical wastes.
The court also sought a progress report from the board within four weeks.
HT in its three-part series on April 11, 12 and 13 had highlighted the poor waste disposal mechanism in Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
The government told the court that the biomedical wastes emanating from hospitals in Dhanbad, Bokaro and Ranchi were being dumped at Ramgarh-based bio-genetic plant.
The court was also informed that Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Tata Memorial Hospital, Jamshedpur and CCL Hospital, Ranchi had their own disposal plants.
The court asked the government to find out whether these hospitals had the means to dispose of wastes of other hospital too.
The court’s order came on a PIL filed by Jharkhand Human Rights Conference, seeking judicial intervention for setting up bio-medical waste disposal systems in various cities across the state. The petitioner alleged the bio-medical wastes discharged by hospitals and nursing homes were left in the open untreated, risking the lives of people.