|GMCH hilltop campus area turns into a waste dumping spot|
GUWAHATI, Aug 27 - As dumping of waste in the open continues unabated in the city, garbage full of plastic were found lying outside the hilltop campus of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Bhangagarh, near the television tower on Thursday.
Greenery turned squalid. – AT Photo
A tea staller in front of the campus said the dumping of waste on the roadside has been going on for the last one month.
“The waste, packed in yellow and black plastic bags, were dumped by the hospital officials containing one time used plastic utensils that were mainly used for food distribution among the COVID-19 patients,” the tea staller alleged.
“We have told the GMCH officials not to dump here but they did not pay any attention to our request. They even sometimes carry the waste in small white polythene bags and throw it on the roadside. As it is a hilly place, the waste dumped on the roadside gradually slides down,” he added.
However, there is no facility for treating COVID-19 patients on campus. There is also a possibility of biomedical waste in the garbage.
“We set some of the trash nearby the road on fire but are unable to burn all of those. We appealed to the authority concerned to take action in this regard immediately as the waste posing a health risk to the residents and the people who come for morning walk,” a resident nearby the area said.
When contacted, GMCH Principal cum Chief Superintendant Achyut Chandra Baishya said he is not aware of this situation. “I will inspect it and take necessary steps,” he added.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) looks after solid waste management in the 31 wards of the city. There are 90 NGOs which collect garbage on behalf of the corporation.
“Recently, an NGO has been assigned to collect the general waste generated from the college. The NGO was directed to submit an application letter to the GMCH Principal in this regard. The NGO officials went several times to meet the principal but could not meet the latter. The official also provided his contact details to the principal office but no response has been received yet,” a GMC source said.
GMC Joint Commissioner Siddhartha Goswami said a GMC team would visit the area tomorrow.