GMC to apply for air, Water consents


The Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital will be applying for Consent to Operate under Water and Air Act with the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) on Monday, officials said. 
The decision was taken in a meeting held on Saturday following a report by Herald that the medical institute was running without basic pollution approvals since the time it shifted to Bambolim in 1993. GSPCB during its recent inspection observed that GMC is operating without consent to operate as per the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. 
GMC also does not have any authorization under Bio-Medical waste and Hazardous waste Rules. 
Speaking to Herald, Director Administration GMC Swapnil Naik said that they would be applying for Consent with GSPCB on Monday. 
“I have no idea why the consent was not taken when it was shifted. But now we had tried to get it online but failed,” he said. 
Naik, however, said that GMC has acquired Consent for sewerage treatment plant (STP), Inceptor and hydro-auto clave to treat the garbage generated in the complex. 
GSPCB had on Wednesday inspected GMC after St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh expressed disappointment over the poor garbage as well as sewage at the complex. During the inspection the Board has observed that GMC was a health hazard and causing severe environmental pollution by burning of bio-medical wastes in an abandoned quarry. 
“The Inceptor, where the waste is been treated is non functional for years and hence they are burning the waste in open areas causing health problem and pollution,” official said.
However, their STP and hydro-auto clave are functional.  [H]