The Bombay High Court on Friday directed all stakeholders, including the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), municipal corporations and other civic bodies to follow rules and guidelines pertaining to disposal of biomedical waste generated from Covid-19 centres, isolation wards or quarantine facilities.
The court directed the MPCB to ‘not waste any time in taking action against the stakeholder concerned in case of violation in disposal of biomedical waste from Covid-19 facilities.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Madhav Jamdar on Friday heard and disposed of a PIL filed by activist Kishor Ramesh Sohoni, through advocate Sadhana Kumar, seeking directives to the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) to stop dumping “untreated” Covid-19 bio-medical waste at Adharwadi dumping ground.
After hearing submissions, the bench refused to pass observations on alleged instances of violation raised by the petitioner and noted, “No gainsaying that state, KDMC, MPCB have obligatory duty to follow the Biomedical Waste Rules 2016. In view thereof, we direct all stakeholders shall take all measures necessary to stop the spread of contagion from biomedical waste and for that treat and dispose it as per guidelines.”
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