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NGT wants action against 21 hospitals for biomed waste scam

Source: Indian Express, Date: , 2016

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.

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