The proposed indefinite strike by nearly 600 dyers in and around Tirupur, scheduled from today, has been deferred to December, following assurances from Union Textiles Minister, Dayanidhi Maran and deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, that their grievances would be looked into, sources in the Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) said here on Monday.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of DAT, after discussions on the assurances given by the ministers, in the wake of implementation of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP), the sources said.

The dyers had decided to close down operations from Monday, citing various reasons, including ‘failure’ of both Central and State governments to provide grant to dyers, who have invested about Rs 800 crore to set up 20 CETPs, as per the Madras High Court order after cases were filed against them for pollution of nearby water sources, particularly irrigation.

Claiming that dyers would have to shell out an additional Rs 40 crore per month towards operational cost, once CETPs are operational, the sources said, the dyers had already sought free electricity and grant to offset the huge investment.

They also wanted the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to allow them to operationalise the plants, the sources said.