Tirupur: 100 dyeing units get closure orders

Power supply to these units disconnected

They failed to comply with Supreme Court orders Consent order given to 13 CETPs

Tirupur: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Friday ordered closure of 100 dyeing units in the Tirupur knitwear cluster which failed to comply with the recent Supreme Court order pertaining to pollution caused by the dyeing units on River Noyyal. The power supply to these units was also disconnected.

TNPCB District Environmental Engineer R. Kannan told The Hindu that according to the Supreme Court ruling, the units which either failed to remit the fines imposed for polluting River Noyyal or those units which were members of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) which failed to fit Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system all before January 5 evening, should be closed.

The Supreme Court verdict was pronounced after hearing the Public Interest Litigation filed by ‘Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association.’

The bench comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justice B. S. Chauhan observed that “Undoubtedly, there has been unabted pollution by the members of Tirupur Dyeing Factory Owners Association” and hence, “they were bound to meet the expenses of removing sludge in the river as well as cleaning of Orathupalayam dam.”

The court also asked the dyeing units to carry out further operations without polluting the river anymore. The TNPCB on Friday gave the consent order to operate 13 Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) set up in the cluster which had completed fitting ZLD system in it. But not given to six others.

From THE HINDU

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