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Failure to dispose waste from COVID-19 facilities will result in strict action: Bombay HC

The Bombay HC stated that failure in disposing of waste as per the bio-waste disposal rule, generated from COVID-19 facilities will result in strict action being taken against the perpetrators.

Failure to dispose waste from COVID-19 facilities will result in strict action: Bombay HC
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Bombay High Court, on Friday, July 24, stated that failure in disposing of waste as per the bio-waste disposal rule, generated from COVID-19 facilities will result in strict action being taken against the perpetrators.

It further directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to ensure that all civic bodies follow the guidelines of bio-waste disposal rules 2016. The HC disposed of the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by resident Kishor Sohoni that claimed untreated bio-medical COVID-19 waste was being dumped at the Aadharwadi ground in Kalyan.

However, Vijay Suryawanshi, Municipal Commissioner of the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) responded stating that these allegations were not true as biomedical wastes have been getting collected separately and were being treated at a biomedical waste disposal plant.

The Bombay High Court earlier on July 2, had asked state government authorities including the civic body in Kalyan Dombivli as well as the state pollution control board to provide answers about the disposal of biomedical waste with regards to coronavirus patients. The court sought an urgent reply from the authorities saying that this is an “important issue”. This came after the public interest litigation was filed by Kishor Sohoni over the alleged improper treatment of biomedical waste before its disposal.

The PIL claimed that the biomedical waste from pathology labs and hospitals were being dumped in the Aadharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan without receiving proper treatment. The applicant’s lawyer, Advocate Sadhana Kumar further asked the court to intervene and make sure dumping of untreated waste is stopped at the Aadharwadi dumping ground.

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