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The government hospitals, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), have not fully complied with the requirements for dealing with and disposal of bio-medical waste generated, according to the court. Photo: Hindustan Times (Hindustan Times)
The government hospitals, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), have not fully complied with the requirements for dealing with and disposal of bio-medical waste generated, according to the court. Photo: Hindustan Times
(Hindustan Times)

Nine govt hospitals in Delhi in dock over waste disposal

Court constitutes panel, directs it to ensure compliance of rules and inspect all hospitals before submitting report

New Delhi: Nine government hospitals in the capital, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), “have not fully complied with the requirements for dealing with and disposal of BMW (bio-medical waste) generated", the green court said on Friday.

The National Green Tribunal had pulled up nine government hospitals for not complying with bio-medical waste disposal rules on 19 July.

The hospitals in the green court’s order of Friday are Lala Ram Swaroop Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, RML Hospital, Northern Railway Central Hospital, ESI Hospital, Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, among others.

The bench headed by chairperson Swatanter Kumar also said the hospitals which were pulled up in July had still not remedied their shortcomings.

The order added that the court would have normally directed prosecution of the director or the medical superintendent of these hospitals for “persistent default" on their part, but is refraining from doing so in the interest of justice, environment and the larger public interest, among other factors.

The court also constituted a panel to ensure complete compliance of rules and to inspect all hospitals before the next date of hearing, and place a comprehensive report before the tribunal.

The members of the panel will include member secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), member secretary of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), and senior scientists.

The committee will inspect all hospitals and place the report whether the bio-medical rules are being complied with, specifically those relating to collection, segregation and disposal.

It will suggestions to ensure that these hospitals do not “directly or indirectly cause any health hazard or environmental damage in the entire process of use collection, disposal and recycling of the BMW", the order added.

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