Chandigarh: The incinerator at the PGIMER had long outlived its lifespan of 10 years. The 19-year-old incinerator therefore keeps conking out thereby piling up the biomedical waste.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of M/s. Puducherry Environment Protection Vs Union of India & Others dated 18/08/2017 regarding bio-medical waste treatment facilities of nursing homes and hospitals in Puducherry. The Puducherry Pollution Control Committee shall take appropriate action in accordance with law if the directions are not complied and shall submit a report before
the Tribunal on the details of the action taken.

The enforcement of bio-medical waste management (BMW) rules in municipal corporations in Maharashtra was found to be inadequate in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General 2016. The CAG audited 22 health care establishments between 2011 and 2016. Five HCEs at Nashik and Mumbai did not segregate BMWs as per the rules.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Subrato Mookherjee Vs West Bengal Pollution Control Board & Others dated 17/07/2017 regarding bio-medical waste management of hospitals in Kolkata, West Bengal.

NGT grants the erring hospitals a final opportunity to comply with the pollution norms as recommended by the State PCB within three months. This shall include obtaining authorisations, consents to operate and completion of ETPS.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Kommana Lakshmi Bala Ganeswara Rao Vs State of Andhra Pradesh dated 05/07/2017.

Humans are prone to waste- we create, after all. Yet we create in excess amount and often things that we don’t need, leading to a growth in discharge of that excess. On this note, Biomedical waste management in India is receiving greater attention, owing to stringent regulations made by the Ministry of health.

Health and Child Care secretary Gerald Gwinji yesterday said the ministry had already launched its own investigations with a view to bring the culprits to book.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Almitra H. Patel & Others Vs. Union of India & Others dated 15/05/2017 regarding waste management in hospitals, hotels, colleges, malls, railway stations, bus terminals, Waste to Energy Plant and residential societies in Delhi.

An environmental disaster was in the making in Zanzibar, thanks God that it was discovered just in time though damage had already been done.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Sunil Patel Vs M/s Bhopal Incinerator Ltd. dated 10/03/2017 regarding occupational safety of the employees of M/s Bhopal Incinerator Ltd., Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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