The National Green Tribunal has directed the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) to comply with the recommendation put forth by a Joint Inspection Committee because the Institute does not have an operational sewage treatment plant.
The Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has instructed the Institute to ensure efficient operation of the ‘microwave system’ to achieve proper pre-treatment of ‘yellow category biomedical waste’ generated from microbiology and biotechnology. The Joint Inspection Committee consisted of representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and provided suggestions for the Institute’s problems.
The IHBAS had, however, contended that it had waste segregation mechanisms as well as a functional STP. But the Bench has held that the Institute lacked the operational sewage treatment facility and proper disposal facilities. The waste generation is more than the authorized quantity, and the IHBAS has been directed to file a compliance report before the CPCB within six weeks of the order.
The directions have come while the green panel was hearing a plea filed by city resident Balbir Singh seeking the institute’s compliance with relevant biomedical waste rules.