MPCB mulls action against JNIMS

IMPHAL, 4th Nov: Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) would be serving a show cause notice to JNIMS director for improper disposal of wastes in the state-run medical institute.
The decision was taken up based on a local cable news channel reporting about the pollution caused to Kongba River due to unregulated disposal of biomedical waste from JNIMS hospital flowing into the river. Following the TV report, a team of the board led by its chairman L Radhakishore assessed the condition of the drainage system in and around the hospital on Sunday evening.
Informing this to media persons, Radhakishore said that the board will serve the notice on Monday. At the same time, while acknowledging the constraints of JNIMS authority in proper disposal of wastes and improper functioning of the outsourced agency for the purpose, the MLA said that he will discuss the matter with the chief minister as well. Expressing concern over the waste disposal habit of the public, the MLA then appealed to the public to refrain from disposing garbage in the drains while stating that such practices contribute largely to environmental pollution.
Stating that law alone cannot solve the problem, he maintained that public participation in making a safe environment is the only solution to the issue. He also urged NGOs dealing in garbage collection/disposal to be sincere in their functioning.
People settling around the hospital said that wastes products brought out from the hospitals are often dumped in the nearby drains or streams, Radhakishore said while adding that the board will take up certain measures to keep the surrounding of the hospital clean. It is the duty of the hospital authority to keep the surrounding clean and ensure proper disposal of hospital waste, he added.
He further informed that the board officials will visit the biomedical waste disposal and treatment plant on Monday.

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