More facilities to treat biomedical waste
Source: The Tibune, Date: , 2010
In a bid to have better outcome in
biomedical waste management through upgraded technology, the Directorate
Health Services (DHS) has gone into overdrive to have new biomedical
waste management (BMW) facilities, one at Okhla and other at Nilothi in
The DHS has already issued
expression of interests and invited bid for the existing BMW set-up at
Okhla as the private consultant currently offering the biomedical
services wants to end the partnership with the city health department.
“The current private operator (Synergy Waste
Management Pvt Ltd) has clearly said that it no longer wants to carry
the work. Though no fixed date has been fixed, we are receiving requests
from parties for all the four biomedical facilities, two of which are
yet to come. We want to encourage competition among the operators,” said
Dr S Bhattacharjee, DHS, Delhi government.
Under the climate change plan 2009-2012, these
units would be targeting 100 per cent quality in treating biomedical
waste and for this the consultants would help in the tender issuance and
bidding process. As of date, eight proposals from the interested
private consultants have been received by the DHS. Within two months,
the names of the consultants might be shortlisted, said Dr
biomedical waste facility in Okhla, based on the model of public-private
partnership, has been in operation since 2006, another facility for
which previously land was allotted in Ghazipur is slated to be
functional by August.
allotted at Ghazipur was found to be unfit, in Nilothi an alternative
area was identified in November last year. The capacity of current BMW
set-up at Okhla is 10 tonnes per day.
In the Capital, according to official data, about 25 tonnes of
bio-medical waste is generated per day from the organised sector, which
entails government hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, etc.
However, the city records a total of nearly 50 tonnes of biomedical
waste every day, both by the organised sector and small practitioners