Punjab Air pollution Management Board seizes truck carrying biomedical waste from Fortis hospital


In a serious crackdown on reckless dumping of biomedical waste, officers of the Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB), Mohali, on Friday seized a pick-up truck transporting untreated biomedical waste from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, to a scrap vendor in Daddu Majra Colony, Chandigarh.

As per the Bio-Medical Waste (Administration and Dealing with) Guidelines, 1998, untreated biomedical waste is to be transported solely in automobiles authorised for the aim by a reliable authority as specified by the federal government.

PPCB sub-divisional officer Vijay Kumar stated performing on a tip, they laid a naka close to YPS Chowk in Mohali, and stopped a Tata 407 pick-up truck. On looking the automobile, they discovered a number of inexperienced baggage that had been concealing pink baggage containing contaminated biomedical waste.

Kumar stated the automobile driver shared the waste was picked up from Fortis Hospital and he was on his approach to dump it at a scrap vendor’s store in Daddu Majra Colony.

Accompanied by two members of the Chandigarh Air pollution Management Board, the PPCB group raided the store and located an enormous amount of untreated biomedical waste from Fortis Hospital.

On opening the luggage, the group found contaminated disposable waste, together with bottles, intravenous tubes, catheters, urine baggage, syringes (with out needles), vaccutainers and gloves in them.

The raiding group instantly despatched the waste to be correctly disposed of in an incinerator on the biomedical facility in Baliali village, SAS Nagar.

Surroundings engineer Lavneet Dubey stated as per guidelines, biomedical waste should be disposed of in an incinerator. “As a substitute, Fortis was sending its waste to a junk vendor. Worse, the contaminated waste was hid in inexperienced baggage to make it seem as inexperienced waste,” he added.

Dubey stated the case had been forwarded to PPCB chairman Kahan Singh Pannu for additional motion underneath the Surroundings (Safety) Act, 1986.

In an announcement issued later within the day, Fortis’ official spokesperson stated, “Fortis Hospital Mohali has all the time maintained the very best requirements of waste disposal procedures and have been credited with glorious credentials by the governmental companies for a similar.”

“Fortis Hospital Mohali had no data pertaining to this incident. In truth, upon studying about the identical a police criticism has been lodged requesting investigation within the matter and Fortis Hospital Mohali will probably be providing full cooperation with the police,” the assertion additional learn.

Fortis Hospital, Mohali, facility director Abhijeet Singh later lodged a criticism towards unidentified folks for smuggling out waste from the hospital premises.

Section 8 station home officer (SHO) Rajiv Kumar stated that they had filed a every day diary report (DDR) on the hospital’s criticism, and initiated investigation.

Santosh Kumar, chief conservator of forests, UT, stated, “We accompanied the PPCB group for the raid, however the matter lies of their purview. Junk sellers within the colony usually deal in medical waste. The sub-divisional Justice of the Peace was beforehand knowledgeable about it, however motion is awaited.”

Environment Engineer Lavneet Dubey said as per rules, the biomedical waste must be disposed of in an incinerator at Mohali. Instead, Fortis was sending part of waste to a junk dealer in Dadumajra. (HT Photo)
Surroundings Engineer Lavneet Dubey stated as per guidelines, the biomedical waste should be disposed of in an incinerator at Mohali. As a substitute, Fortis was sending a part of waste to a junk vendor in Dadumajra. (HT Photograph)


Earlier on August 19, 2017, the Punjab Air pollution Management Board had recovered two tonnes of biomedical waste, together with used syringes, vials, gloves, glucose bottles and different contaminated hospital waste, from a Dhanas-based scrap-dealer.

The waste was traced to Submit Graduate Institute of Medical Schooling and Analysis (PGIMER), Chandigarh. A panel constituted to examine the matter didn’t rule out the potential for pilferage waste from the premier establishment.

An FIR was registered, and a sanitation employee was suspended after his id card was discovered within the waste.

The panel, fashioned by PGIMER director Dr Jagat Ram, had made a number of solutions to maintain a test on such thefts. “We’ve taken some measures, together with putting in CCTV cameras and growing the peak of the boundary wall of the 2 waste assortment centres, apart from deployment of safety guards,” he stated on Friday.

(Replace: The assertion from Fortis Hospital, Mohali has been added to the story)


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