Over 350 clinics and hospitals may face closure if they fail to apply for required permissions from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) for disposal of biomedical waste, reports The Times of India.
The board has issued 350 show-cause notices to individual clinics, small and big hospitals for not applying for authorisation to operate under the water act and the air act for disposal of biomedical waste.
If the establishments failed to obtain the authorisation and consent, the GSPCB would issue closure notices as per the law, Ganesh Shetgaonkar chairman of the GSPCB was quoted as saying in the report.
Most of the clinics and hospitals had failed to file their returns, before the board, providing details about the biomedical waste generated by them for which the last date is set on June 30 every year.
The show-cause notices have been released under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act.
Individual clinics are required to apply for authorisation, while hospitals have to apply for both authorisation and consent to operate, he explained.
For Panaji and Vasco, the board has authorised a service provider to collect and dispose of the biomedical waste generated at Goa Medical College. While the rest of the state’s hospitals and clinics dispose of their biomedical waste in their own facilities, according to Dr Salkar.