India: SC tells Tirupur’s dyeing industry to pay for polluting

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court has come down hard on industries polluting water bodies, applying the ‘polluters pay’ principle against 150-odd dyeing units in Tirupur’s garment export which had been discharging their waste in Noyyal river.

In an order that may be cited by green activists, the court asked the dyeing units at Karur and Tirupur, which cater to the huge forex earning garment export industry in Tamil Nadu, to pay for cleaning the River Noyyal and other water bodies massively polluted by discharge from their factories.

Agreeing with the stand of the Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association, SC refused to take any lenient view of the environmental hazard resulting from the noxious effluent discharged by the factories adversely affecting the river, the Orthapalayam reservoir and other tanks and channels of the river.

The court noted that the industries have set up 17 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) and were asked to pay up Rs 55.60 crore for eco-restoration and pollution check work. The Tirupur Dyeing Factories Association, as per a Madras High Court order, had paid up Rs 25 crore for this purpose. The SC said the rest of the amount had to be paid within three months.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice B S Chauhan said: “It is desirable that the members of the appellant association should ensure the compliance of the directions including the payment of the dues within three months.”

“They shall ensure that no pollution is caused to the river or dam and if cleaning operation has not yet been completed, it shall be completed within three months,” the Bench said.

It said: “Undoubtedly, there has been unabated pollution by the members of the appellant association. They cannot escape the responsibility to meet the expenses of reversing the ecological damage. They are bound to meet the expenses of removing the sludge from the river and also for cleaning the dam. The principles of `polluters pay’ and `precautionary principle’ have to be read with the doctrine of sustainable development.”

The court noted that Tirupur was an industrial hub providing employment to five lakh people in garment industries there, which earn around Rs 10,000 crore in foreign exchange annually for the country. 

From TIMESOFINDIA

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Bleaching factories remain closed in Erode

Staff Reporter – The Hindu

In protest against TNPCB’s decision asking them to install reverse osmosis plants

Bleaching Factories - Erode - PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

Bleaching Factories - Erode - PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

Protest: Bleaching factories in and around Erode remained closed on Monday.

ERODE: Bleaching units in and around the city remained closed on Monday, as factory owners went on strike in protest against the decision asking them to install reverse osmosis (RO) plants.

Bleaching factory owners’ association president Shanmuga Sundaram told reporters that the association’s protest was against Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, which asked bleaching factories to install reverse osmosis plants to treat effluents.

“In the past few months, the TNPCB move had led to closure of 40 units.”

Mr. Sundaram said the factories did not require reverse osmosis but only effluent treatment plants, as the effluent they discharged was not as high as other processing industries.

He argued that as the effluent from bleaching units contained less dissolved solids than the prescribed level it would be suffice to install just ETPs.

He said that units could afford only ETPs and not RO plants as the latter were beyond their reach. “An ETP costs Rs. 3 lakh as against an RO plant at Rs. 15 lakh, which is not required to treat the lime and chlorine we use.” He wanted the TNPCB to reconsider its decision.

Bleaching units’ decision to down shutters means that the 50 lakh metres of grey fabric they bleach a day will not go the next stage in processing, thus affecting the whole processing cycle.

Mr. Sundaram said the 350-odd units and their 10,000 employees would continue to go on strike until the TNPCB reversed its decision.

From The Hindu Paper

Comments:

I urge Mr.Sundaram to ask the Government and TNPCB to build a common Effluent Treatment Plants and RO plants in different areas, And the cost can be shared by both the Government and Factory owners and public.

Due to this everyone will be satisfied and we can save our environment. I request the public, to indluge in this issue, coz finally the effluent will be discharged in common lands and cauvery river, which will affect all the people… So take action and get into action soon…