Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has asked the Uttarakhand government to submit the data related to biomedical waste being generated at the quarantine facilities and isolation wards. Government hospitals within the state have also been directed to submit the data of biomedical waste on a daily basis.
The CPCB for efficient monitoring of bio-medical waste has launched a mobile application. All the hospital facilities, pathology labs, quarantine and isolation facilities will have to download the application which is available at www.bmw.cpcbccr.com. The data filled through the mobile application will be shared daily with the authorized/licensed disposal companies for collection, transportation, and disposal of the waste. The same will be monitored by the respective state pollution control boards and CPCB.
The initiative has been taken by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and CPCB.
Few days ago, media reports suggested that bio-medical waste was not being segregated by people in home quarantine in the state. More than 50,000 people are under home quarantine and around 19000 people are in institutional quarantine in Uttarakhand. At present, a facility at Roorkee is managing the bio-medical waste generated in the state.
(By: Gautam Kumar)