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HC slams lax civic bosses on cleanliness
Urban bodies told to explain

Jharkhand High Court has pulled up the administrative heads of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) for not doing enough for proper disposal of biomedical waste and garbage, dubbing them lethargic and visionless.

A division bench of justices D.N. Patel and P.P. Bhatt, while hearing a PIL filed by NGO Jharkhand Human Rights Conference seeking disposal of biomedical waste in Ranchi, widened its scope to include Jamshedpur and Dhanbad and also asked about the civic bodies initiatives in the two cities.

The bench observed on Monday that the two officers Ranchi corporation CEO Manoj Kumar and JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay were not following the Biomedical Waste Management and Handling Rules Act and Jharkhand Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules.

The court observed that since residents did not have a proper place to dump garbage they were constrained to throw waste on the road. Dumping garbage and biomedical waste in ponds and water bodies was harmful for the ecology and people, it added.

The court asked the state whether land was available for setting up a waste management plant. Also, if the state government had taken any steps to acquire land for the purpose.

The state is supposed to file an affidavit within four weeks to explain its stand on the Jharkhand Human Rights Conference PIL which alleged that hospitals in Ranchi were discharging bio-medical waste without observing norms.

On its part, Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board informed the court that it had already filed a complaint against Nagarmal Modi Sewa Sadan Hospital in the capital for violating provisions of Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules.

The board also informed the court that it had issued notices to several other hospitals in the city for violation of norms.