Farmers take out procession against pollution in water bodies

Staff Reporter

Textile processing units continue to let effluents into rivers

In one voice: Farmers taking out a procession in Erode on Friday against pollution in water bodies-PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

In one voice: Farmers taking out a procession in Erode on Friday against pollution in water bodies.-PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

ERODE: Farmers affiliated to the Kalingarayan Canal Farmers Association, members of Suriyamapalayam Residents Welfare Association and a couple of other farmers organisations took out a procession on Friday condemning pollution in water bodies.

Head of the Kalingarayan Canal Farmers Association V.M. Velayudham told reporters that though the court had given clear cut orders that water bodies and irrigation channels should not be polluted, textile processing units and tanneries continued to discharge effluents into water bodies.

The industries to satisfy court and officials had installed reverse osmosis (RO) plants but were not operating them, because of which Kalingarayan Canal was polluted.

River Cauvery was also polluted, the farmers representative said and added as a result of the pollution, agriculture produce grown from lands fed with polluted water contained poisonous chemicals. The government had announced a scheme to sea discharge effluents but nothing much of it came out in the last two years since the announcement, Mr. Velayudham said and wanted to know what would the industries do until the project was implemented. “Would they continue to discharge in water bodies?”

He also took exception to a few industry representatives claiming that the bleaching units did not require RO plants to treat effluents. “The Madras High Court order clearly mentions that the industries should install RO plants.”

The farmers representative further said that the textile processing industry was fighting the district administration, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and everybody else trying to control pollution.

The participants then marched from V.O.C. Park grounds to the Collectorate to submit a petition to the Collector to take stringent action against the erring units.

By THE HINDU

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