Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant claimed his state will be ranked first in waste management if the ranking commences. He was inaugurating the Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF) in Industrial Estate at Kundai, in South Goa.
He said his government takes waste management very seriously. He added that more plants to handle hazardous and construction waste will be commissioned in Goa.
If the ranking in this area starts, then I am sure Goa will find the first place, said Sawant.
Officials think over 3,000 kg of bio-medical waste is generated in Healthcare facilities and most of it is left untreated. The Goa Medical College uses an incinerator to dispose of it and other hospitals use a deep burial pit. Now, the Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility will solve the problem in the most sustainable way.
Urging the shareholders to cooperate, Sawant said the Solid Waste Management Plant at Saligao, North Goa, is appreciated by people across India and abroad. "We will give our best to make Goa clean and green". Minister for Waste Management Atanasio Monserrate was also in attendance.
The new plant is built by 'Biotic Waste Solutions' on the PPP model, CBWTF. It has the capacity to treat 28 tonnes of waste per day and currently treats waste from around 800 institutions, including laboratories, clinics, and Hospitals.
"This is a 100% PPP (public-private partnership) model, where we have not invested a single rupee. Even in the future, we will not have to spend money on this facility," said the chief minister.
Biomedical waste (BMW) is any waste produced during the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of a human or animal. Waste produced during research activities or testing of biological procedures also needs to be disposed of efficiently.
If not treated right, it poses health risks to the population through the release of pathogens and toxic pollutants. When medical waste ends up in landfills, they are highly likely to contaminate drinking water.