Cracking a whip against the illegal disposal of bio-medical waste, the Margao Municipal Council on Wednesday imposed a penalty amounting to Rs 50,000 on a medical store for dumping waste on the municipal land.
The owner has been directed to deposit the amount in the council within a period of 24 hours on the receipt of the direction. He has been further directed to appear before Chief Officer Rohit Kadam on September 30 with a written submission and undertaking over not repeating the act.
The Chief Officer has warned that failure to comply with the directions will compel the municipal council to initiate actions to seal the business activity under the provisions of the set laws, and file a case before the appropriate court without further notice.
The direction was issued under the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, the Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 Rules, the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, the Trade & Occupation bye-laws 1989 and section 197 read with sections 223 and 225 of the Goa Municipalities Act, 1968.
“It has been informed that during the process of regular picking of the waste near Coca Cola Depot, Comba-Margao, there has been dumping of expired medicine etc, unsegregated and duly mixed with bio-medical waste. During further inspection and investigation by the Sanitary Inspector of Margao Municipal Council, it has been found that the bio-medical waste is from your respective premises known which has been dumped expired medicine etc at near Coca Cola Depot,” the notice stated.
The Chief Officer pointed out that the act of dumping the bio-medical waste mixed with other solid waste has created problems for the municipal council for the safe disposal of waste and is prohibited under law.