Doctors associated with various organisations marched from Shaniwar Wada to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday in protest against a hike in charges for disposal of biomedical waste.
Members of the Peoples Health Forum,the Indian Medical Association and the General Practitioners Association and others joined the march. Dr Shekhar Bendre,coordinator of the Peoples Health Forum said nearly 500 doctors participated in the rally and a delegation met PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Jagtap.
He assured the agitating doctors that the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board report will be reviewed before revising the rates.
The cost of collecting and disposing of biomedical waste has gone up by 11.62 per cent. Initially,the rate was Rs 2,600 annually. After the revision,the rate went up Rs 2,960,around Rs 246 a month. However,doctors said there are several homoeopathic and ayurvedic clinics that do not generate biomedical waste and are used only for consultancy.
General Practitioners Association and Jan Arogya Manch,and several doctors protested against the hike. The PMC has appointed Passco Environment Solutions to collect biomedical waste and dispose it of at Kailash crematorium.