Proposal of grant to Tirupur dyeing units opposed

VELLORE: The Vellore Citizens’ Welfare Forum (VCWF) has opposed the proposal of the Union government, announced in the recent budget, of a one-time grant of Rs.200 crore for dyeing industries of Tirupur to enable them solve the problem of pollution.

A resolution was adopted at an executive committee meeting of the VCWF recently.

The resolution said that the proposal was against the directions of the Supreme Court established in the writ petition no.914 of 1991 of the VCWF, namely, “polluters to pay” and “precautionary principles to be taken before establishment of industries.”

Such a grant, it said, “also violates Article 48 A of the Constitution which talks of protection and improvement of environment.”

Pointing out that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had, in his budget speech, mentioned about the ‘polluters to pay’ principle, the forum said that instead of directing the polluting industries to bring back the ecology to its original state at its cost, helping the polluting industries amounted to violation of the Article by the government itself.

The resolution further stated that the VCWF is of the firm view that the said expenditure of Rs.200 crore would not lead to the industries meeting the norms of pollution control laid down by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to the dyeing industries but, on the other hand, lead to the aggravation of the pollution problem.

The forum also opposed the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to grant Rs.120 crore as its 15 per cent share in the setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plants for achieving the zero discharge liquid (ZDL) norm in the treatment of the effluents discharged by dyeing and bleaching units in Tirupur.

The VCWF pointed out that this is a “clear disobedience of the orders of the apex court and also the orders passed by the Green Bench of the Madras High Court in the Noyyal River Ayacutdars’ case, as reported in 1997 I Law Weekly page 275 (Madras High Court) and 2010 I Law Weekly page 1 (Supreme Court).

It said that it was the duty of the Tamil Nadu government to enforce the ‘polluter pays’ principle and ‘precautionary’ principle.

“The grant will lead the tax payers’ money to be spent on unproductive, illegal, anti-farmer and anti-people purposes,” it said.

From THE HINDU

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