The city has one incinerator to dispose of biomedical waste
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has agreed to help the UT administration in disposal of Covid-19 biomedical waste if an emergency situation occurs, like the breakdown of Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility of Chandigarh.
At present, one incinerator operated by Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility has a capacity of 200 kg/hour in the city. All waste from private and government hospitals is being collected and treated by the facility, provided by Alliance Envirocare Company Private Limited in Industrial Area, Phase I.
“Keeping in view of the condition arisen due to the pandemic, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee has requested Haryana State Pollution Control Board and Punjab Pollution Control Board to facilitate Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility of Chandigarh to use their Common Bio-medical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility as an alternate/standby arrangements for the final disposal of Chandigarh’s biomedical waste during any emergency, breakdown/maintenance of incinerator plant. Haryana State Pollution Control Board has agreed upon it in principle,” said a report submitted by the UT administration to the central government.
In the report, the UT had submitted that the Chandigarh city has generated 39,837.1kg of biomedical waste related to Covid-19 in May. The report was submitted following the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Central Pollution Control Board.
The waste came from top three medical institutes like PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and other civil hospitals, quarantine centres and municipal corporation. PGI topped the list, with 2,7280kg waste followed by GMH (5,475kg) and GMSH (2,511)
The NGT had observed that dumping Covid-19 waste in general bins or sewage without safeguards is hazardous.
It recommended using best practices and new ideas under supervision, besides compiling data from the tracking of Covid-19 waste from all sources, to prevent accidental spill, aid strategic planning, and improve software.
The order said to educate waste handlers, staff, and citizens about the precautions they must take, and demanded a local model plan. The green court told Central Pollution Control Board to coordinate with the media and central/state departments for the purpose.