By D K
Bokaro: The private hospitals, nursing homes, pathological lab and diagnostic centers which are running in township of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) without permission of the company will be closed down. BSL management has served notices to such more than two dozen institutions directing to close down their trade within 30 days or be ready to face legal action.
BSL termed that the above institutions are running ‘unauthorisedly’ without its permission on its leased plots. Private hospital, pathology lab, diagnostic centers and nursing homes running in Bokaro Steel City falls under category of “restricted trade” under company rules and such a trade cannot be run from a leased premise without prior written permission of the lessor (BSL), said Manikant Dhan, chief of communication, BSL.
BSL pointed that move in this regard was taken following instruction of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB). In 2015, a JSPCB team conducted inspection of Garbage Dumping Ground near Sector-11 of BSL and found that municipal solid waste dumped there contains bio-medical waste. It were grazed by cattles and picked by ragpickers. The team pointed negligence on part of medical institutions and pathlabs operational in the town.
Then JSPCB had also noticed BSL asking to take effective measures in handling wastes properly as it is affecting environment. Acting on it BSL team had conducted physical verification and identified private hospitals and others operational in its Sector areas. There were 59 such institutions then found running. Of which majority of it are located in Laxmi Market and City Centre of Sector-IV.
Dhan said, complying with BSL notice few of such institutions closed down its shutters in 2015. But there are still more than two dozen hospitals, labs and other such institutions operational, which have been asked to close down within a month. BSL management found that bio-medical generated these institutions are not being disposed off as per statuary provisions particularly as per stipulations contained in Biomedical waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998, which is violation of law.
Sources said that, these institutions are disposing off medical wastes in the dustbins that are kept to collect solid waste of households. Disposing off biomedical waste in such a manner poses severe danger to the life of residents. It should be curbed at any cost.
Dhan elaborated “nursing homes, private hospitals, pathological labs and diagnostic centers operational without permission in the township have violated rules of the BSL Company and trade related law of the land. This is a violation of the terms and condition of lease. We have therefore directed such institution to stop the unauthorized business within one month of the notice served or be ready to face action”.