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Govt appoints committee to set up bio-medical waste treatment facility

Source: Heraldgoa, Date: , 2015

Even as the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is yet to identify 10,000 sq mtrs of land in the industrial estates for setting up of Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBMWTF) to treat the medical waste in Goa, the State government has constituted ten member Expert Committee to expedite the entire process and supervision. The Expert Committee headed by Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) chairman Jose Manual Noronha, is entrusted with the tasks to oversee and monitor setting up of the facility in terms of Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998 and as per various guidelines issued by the Union Ministry for Environment and Forest (MoEF). The Committee has to also undertake the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study of the facility.  “IDC is directed to identify the required land in any of the industrial estate. They are still in process,” Noronha said. The Expert committee has to also select and finalize the technology, capacity of the facility. On an average 180 tons of biomedical waste is generated every month by over 30 private and government hospitals in the State.

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