Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, July 27:
In a belated move, the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has asked hospitals having more than 100 beds to adhere to the guidelines and take consent from the board for discharge of waste water, which can pose serious threat to the environment.
“As per the decision taken in the 108th Board meeting, in the initial phase, the health care establishments (HCEs) having 100 beds and above are required to take consent from this Board for discharge of waste water under section 25/26 of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. All HCEs having 100 beds or above are advised to take appropriation measures for proper management of waste water and to seek consent from the Board on the provision of the Act,” said a notification of the OSPCB issued by its Member Secretary.
Besides generation of biomedical waste, the HCEs generate substantial quantities of waste water posing serious threat to the environment. This waste water is required to be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner and to be regulated under Wastewater Act.
The guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) include the HCEs under RED category of industries, which means that pollution potential of HCEs is significant and need to be included under consent administration, said the notification.
Violation of the act will attract penal provision of Section 44 of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.
“Whoever contravenes the provision of Section 25/26 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and six months but may extend to six years and with fine,” says the notification.