Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo said that the government will put in place a bio medical waste treatment facility in Kundaim industrial estate. Lobo held a meeting with Indian Medical Association and the representatives of various hospitals on Wednesday at assembly complex to discuss on the bio medical waste plant. Speaking to the media after the meeting, the minister informed that the government has finalised land for biomedical waste treatment facility in Kundaim industrial estate and on Wednesday a discussion to take forward the project was held with IMA and hospital representatives. “Right now the bio medical waste is being dumped here and there. In order to treat this waste we require an incinerator. The government has proposed the project of Rs 12 crore for biomedical waste treatment facility, which will have an incinerator, in Kundaim industrial estate,” he added. Lobo said that in order to take this project forward the government needs to have environmental clearance and no objection certificates, adding that the final decision will be taken in the next meeting. The Waste Management Minister also clarified that the decision is yet to be taken on how this plant will be operated. “The decision will be taken soon on whether it will be built on public-private partnership (PPP) or Build, Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT),” he said, adding that IMA will be part of all planning process for the project.
According to Lobo, the government will procure the incinerator to handle plastic and other waste, which is currently being sent to cement factory in Karnataka. IMA representative Dr Shekhar Salkar, who was part of the meeting, said that they have suggested handing over the land to IMA. “IMA with the help of ONGC can build this plant with an estimate of Rs 4-5 crore under the CSR activity. If the government builds the project and spends Rs 12 crore, later, it has to recover the amount from hospitals,” he pointed out. Right now the biomedical waste is being dumped here and there. In order to treat this waste we require an incinerator. The government has proposed the project of Rs 12 crore for bio medical waste treatment facility”