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Bio-medical waste moves 140 km for disposal

Source: The Indian Express, New Delhi, Date: , 2009

biomedical wasteFrom Satara and Pimpri-Chinchwad to Taloja near Thane, at least 1,200 kg of bio-medical waste from Pune is transported every day for over 140 km for disposal. Ever since the disposal facility at Kailash crematorium in the city was shut down following a blast at the site, Pune’s bio-medical waste has had to travel to various places outside the city. The Taloja facility has been the destination for almost a month now. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials had awarded the contract to Passco Environmental Solutions to upgrade the city’s bio-medical waste facility at Kailash crematorium. Passco is upgrading the Kailash facility at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, but it will take another two months for the site to be ready for use. Till then, PMC officials have no option but take the waste miles away. The medical waste generated in Pimpri-Chinchwad is nearly 550 kg per day and the incinerator at YCM hospital at Chinchwad can take an extra load of only 300 kg, says Pradeep Mulay, Director of Passco Environmental Solutions. According to Dr Avinash Bhondwe, former president of the city unit of Indian Medical Association, the showcause notices led to panic among doctors. A meeting held on Monday with various officials has now fixed the rates that will be levied from doctors and hospitals under the scheme.