MCI uncertain over environ clearance given to medical college in Kolar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2017 11:17:22

Staff Reporter,

State has sought more time to respond over environment clearance (EC) given to medical college functioning in Kolar. Earlier, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed that Advance Medical Science and Education Society to submit the layout plan initially submitted in 2009 for the construction of the medical college as well as the modified plan.

NGT sought the response of the State Government with regard to the issue that whether the medical college along with the hospital has so far not been granted Environment Clearance (EC) nor the consent to operate and, therefore, under what circumstances admissions to the medical colleges were made by the State Government to the institution. In addition to the above notices have also been directed to be issued to the Indian Medical Council and their response was also sought on the aforesaid issues. However, the State Government, the Director Medical Education, as well as Medical Council of India have failed to respond despite more than one opportunity having been granted.
Counsel Sachin K Verma appearing for the State submitted that he may be granted one last opportunity to submit the response of the State failing which except to proceed ex-parte against the Medical Council.

Regarding deviations in the construction of a medical college and hospital at Kolar it was pointed out that hospital and medical college needs to comply with all the conditions and rectify the shortcomings which have been noticed in the inspection report.

It is admitted that as per the condition it was required to install STPs of 500 KLD whereas looking to the occupancy and the number of out patients they have so far installed two STPs of 125 and 256 KLD only and there being a shortfall in the installed capacity by 124 KLD. While it may be true that the number of out patients visiting the medical college and hospital are at present few and the amount of sewage waste being generated may be less, nonetheless, the hospital in order to comply with the conditions needs to make up the deficiency of 124 KLD. Another important observation made during the inspection is with regard to the Bio-medical Waste (BMW) treatment facilities and the lack of authorisation.