Ranchi: The organic wastes from hospitals have become a cause of worry for the Jharkhand government which has decided to construct five Common Bio-medical Waste Treatment Facilities (CBWTF) that will treat the organic waste.

As per the directions by the Central Pollution Control Board, five CBWTFs will be built on private partnership basis. Few companies are said to have also applied for it.

Tenders were issued twice but there was no outcome yet. In a recently concluded tender, a company had quoted the lowest rate over which the board has yet to take decision. The tenders are given to the lowest bidding company.

Built at a cost of Rs 1 crore, the state and the Central government will provide 50 per cent grant and the board is cautious in this case.

According to sources, two plants in Dhanbad and Jamshedpur are ready to treat waste but since they did not comply with the standards, the board has not given its nod to it.

The plants built with private participation will be based on Build, Operate and Own (BOO).

One plant for 10, 000 beds

According to the directions by the central board, one plant should be built for 10, 000 beds in various hospitals and private nursing homes, which means, at every 150 sq km, there will be one plant.

Private companies will charge Rs 3 per bed from hospitals to dispose of wastes and Re 1 as transportation charges, official said.

Pollution Control Board chairman CR Sahay said that to treat organic waste, tenders for these plants have been issued and decision over tender will be taken in the board meeting.

JPN/Bureau