Agriculture Lands are poisoned by textile processing units

Kadaiyampatti village families’ plight

Unproductive land:Indiscriminate discharge of effluents has severely affected the agricultural activities of families in Kadaiyampatti near Bhavani. — PHOTO:M. GOVARTHAN

ERODE: The families depending on the income from agriculture in Kadaiyampatti village, near Bhavani, are slowly quitting their profession as the textile processing units in the area are poisoning their lands by discharging chemical effluents.

Huge amount of untreated effluents are being let into the cultivable land, vacant space and water carrying channels. “The effluents got stagnated on the land and percolated deep into the ground, poisoning the soil and the ground water,” people in the village point out.

The agricultural productivity has come down drastically. The soil has become unproductive.

“There is a sharp fall in the crop yield. Agriculture is no longer fetching good income for us. Already a significant number of people in the village have quit farming and started selling their lands,” K.R.Palanisamy, a farmer in the village says.

What is more bothering is that the textile processing units are buying these lands and letting out effluents into them.

“All the nearby lands are affected due to this practice,” farmers said.

Environment

“The entire environment in the village is polluted. Children and women fall ill very often. A significant number of people have already moved to Bhavani and Erode,” farmers point out. Farmers, who made repeated representations to the authorities concerned earlier, have now stopped complaining.

“There is no point in complaining as officials at the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the district administration remain mute spectators. They know that we are suffering at the hands of textile processing units. We have complained umpteen times to the Collector at the grievances redressal meeting. But still no fruitful steps have been taken up to shutdown these units,” farmers lament.

“It seems the authorities want to see all of us quit farming and give way for the textile processing units to pollute the environment more,” villagers charge.

Officials, when contacted, maintained that they were taking action against the textile processing units, which were violating the rules.

“If authorities’ shutdown a unit, the machineries are shifted to another building to start a new unit and continue to pollute the environment.

The Central and State governments should bring in an effective solution to this issue and protect the agriculture,” farmers demand.

S. Ramesh – From THE HINDU

Karur: Farmers and activists oppose new dyeing units

Say it would further vitiate the fragile ecology in the region

KARUR: Farmers in the district, affected by pollution along with social activists and environmentalists have opposed a plan to establish a new dyeing and bleaching unit at Melapalayam in Karur district.

Various farmers’ forums, Forum for Protection of Water Resources, People’s Livelihood Right Movement and social activists have voiced their opposition to establish a dyeing and bleaching unit alleging that the move would further vitiate the fragile ecology in the region.

Already, sustained industrial pollution has taken a toll of the district’s water sources and environment.

The Amaravathy and the Noyyal have been polluted beyond redemption and have been verily turned into a pollution garbage dump.

Several thousands of acres of fertile fields on which food crops and cash crops were raised and irrigated by these rivers have been rendered fallow.

Year after year crops, cattle and human beings have been affected by industrial pollution.

That being the case, the move by some businesspersons to establish dyeing and bleaching units at Melapalayam Panchayat on the Sanapiratti- Puliyur Road militates against public efforts to stop and reverse pollution affecting water sources.

The organisations have also petitioned the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board against sanctioning clearance for the dyeing unit proposals. However, the TNPCB officials claim that any future dyeing, bleaching unit should install reverse osmosis plant for treating effluents and also comply with the directives and technical advice based on the decision of the High Court that could be disposing of the bunch of cases relating to pollution and only then orders will be given.

From THE HINDU

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

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