Nagpur: In view of the repeated cases of biomedical waste being found in the general discord, Now the Solid Waste Management Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation has formed four-member teams at the zonal level to conduct unannounced inspections of hospitals. Clinics and pathology laboratories to check whether waste segregation is being done properly or not.
Dr. Gajendra Mahalle, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, SWM, said, “The team will conduct surprise checks on the waste being handed over to the collection firms and action will be taken against the violators.”
Each special team will also include Zonal Health Officer, Zonal Officer, Regional Officer of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and a member of the nuisance detection squad.
Several days ago the general waste along with the organic waste collected from the hospitals was dumped in the Bhandewadi landfill area by the waste collection company. After inspection, it has also come to light that six city hospitals including GMCH, Seven Star, Gatewell, and Neuron were allegedly handing over biomedical waste mixed with normal waste to NMC’s door-to-door waste collection firm.
Taking cognizance of this, the NMC issued show-cause notices to all the hospitals and the waste picker company AG Enviro.
It is mandatory for hospitals to segregate
In its reply to the show cause notice, AG Enviro has claimed that the waste disposal norms are not being followed at all by the hospitals.
It is mandatory for hospitals to segregate and hand over waste in bags of specified colors under the rules. However, the company said, this was not happening. The company has also said that due to the huge amount of waste generated, it is not at all possible to check each and every garbage bag.
In view of the practical difficulties, zonal-level teams have been formed which are going to conduct surprise inspections.