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NGT to monitor compliance of Bio-Medical Waste Rules

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New Delhi, July 20 (KNN) National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed all the states and Union Territories to see the compliance of Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules twice every month.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that a District Environment Plan needs to be in place, the green panel said the plan can be operated by district committees.

Goel said, "Such District Environment Plans and Constitution of District Committee may be placed on the website of districts concerned. The monthly report of monitoring by the District Magistrate may be furnished to the Chief Secretary and may be placed on the website of the District and kept on such websites for a period of one year. This may be made operative from August 1, 2019.”

He expressed disapproval of the inaction of states in furnishing the inventory studies and said it is regretful to note that 25 per cent of identified health care facilities have not even taken authorization from the concerned state pollution control boards. "States which have not set up common treatment and disposal facility must do so within two months as per Rules.

The states who have not furnished the information on the bar code system may also furnish such information at the earliest but not beyond two months, he added.

It warned the states that environmental compensation will be imposed if the orders are not complied with.

“It is made clear that, if even after two months the States and UTs are found to be non-compliant, the compensation will be liable to be recovered from the said States and UTs at the rate of 1 crore per month till the non-compliance continues,” the Bench observed.

The directions came when the green panel was hearing a plea moved by petitioner Shailesh Singh who sought directions for closure of all hospitals, medical facilities and waste disposal plants that were not complying with the waste management rules.

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