Biomedical waste seizure: Mohali’s Fortis fined Rs 10 lakh


The Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB) on Monday imposed Rs 10-lakh fantastic on Fortis Hospital, Mohali, for violating provisions of the Biomedical Waste Administration Guidelines, 2016.

The choice comes after seizure of pickup vehicles carrying untreated biomedical waste from Fortis Hospital to a scrap supplier in Dadumajra Colony, Chandigarh, on February 2. The listening to convened by PPCB chairman Kahan Singh Pannu concluded in Patiala on Monday.

Based on the principles, untreated biomedical waste is to be transported solely in automobiles authorised for the aim by a reliable authority as specified by the federal government.

Fortis Hospital authorities have additionally been requested to right away droop their home conserving in-charge, Rajesh Sharma, and take appropriate motion towards him after inquiry, in addition to terminating the contract of Karan (liable for lifting of strong waste). An FIR has additionally been really useful towards the contractor.

“The function of Rajesh Sharma must also be probed. If his connivance with the contractor is established, an FIR ought to be lodged towards him as properly for negligence within the disposal of biomedical waste,” mentioned a senior PPCB official.

Rs 25-lakh financial institution assure sought

The 11-point order has additionally directed the hospital to deposit a financial institution assure of 25 lakh with the PPCB as an assurance for compliance with Biomedical Waste Administration Guidelines, legitimate for one 12 months and additional extendable.

Moreover, the hospital has been requested to strengthen its inside mechanism of segregation, assortment, transportation, storage and last disposal by way of the operator and supply bar-coding system inside one month.

“The hospital will appoint a professional officer (a minimum of science graduate) because the in-charge of biomedical waste who must also get essential coaching from the PPCB regional workplace in Mohali,” mentioned the official.

The hospital will even be conducting the sampling of effluent-cum-sewage therapy plant from Punjab Bio Expertise Incubator, Mohali, instantly and submit the report back to the PPCB in addition to putting in CCTV cameras on last biomedical waste assortment space inside seven days to rule out the opportunity of pilferage.

The hospital in a press release mentioned: “We’ve got assured the PPCB to render full cooperation with the authorities involved and complying with the issued order. We’re awaiting the investigation report from the police on this matter.”

For motion towards scrap supplier

The PPCB has additionally requested the Chandigarh Air pollution Management Committee to look into strict motion towards scrap supplier  Dharampal, who was caught amassing biomedical waste of the hospital. Additionally, the Delhi Air pollution Management Committee will likely be requested to analyze the matter concerning unlawful recycling of plastic biomedical waste by the person — indentified as Khan — who has been buying the untreated biomedical waste from Dharampal for processing in Delhi.

The PPCB group had stopped a pickup truck close to YPS roundabout, Mohali, on February 2. On looking the automobile, they discovered a number of inexperienced luggage that have been concealing crimson luggage, containing contaminated biomedical waste. The raiding group had despatched the waste for correct disposal to an incinerator on the biomedical facility in Baliali village, Mohali. 


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