What has been feared all these days
has come true. Besides the Kanchi Kamakoti Child’s Trust Hospital, an
additional 21 city hospitals have come under the radar of investigation for
alleged pilferage of biomedical waste and will be facing criminal prosecution.
Based on the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Tamil Nadu
Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials have randomly inspected 81 hospitals
in Chennai between May 31 and June 30 and it was revealed that 21 hospitals
have violated the Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016. The quantity of
biomedical waste generated and disposed of as furnished by these erring
hospitals for the period of April, 2015 to March, 2016 does not match the
details on the quantity of waste maintained by the Common Biomedical Waste
Treatment and Disposal Facility. A variation of whopping 300 kg a month was
observed during certain months with certain hospitals.