Monitor biomedical waste management: NGT

Asks States to set up common treatment and disposal facilities, if not done yet
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed all States and Union Territories to furnish a report on the amount of biomedical waste generated and asked them to set up common treatment and disposal facilities, if not done yet. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the District Magistrates across States to monitor compliance of the biomedical waste management rules, twice a month. Stating that a District Environment Plan needs to be in place across the country, the green panel further said that the plan can be operated by district committees comprising representatives from the respective panchayats, local bodies, regional officers and State pollution control boards. “We place on record our disapproval of the inaction of States in furnishing the inventory studies as well as for incomplete inventories. The States which have not yet constituted state-level advisory committee may also do so within two months. The action plans and their execution must be carried out having regard to the key performance indicators,” the Bench said. The Bench warned States of imposing environmental compensation if the orders are not complied with.

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