The Tamil Nadu Desiya Baniyan and Ginning Podhu Thozhilalar Sangam has approached the Madras High Court seeking to implead itself in a writ petition seeking a direction to authorities for cleaning the Noyyal water stored in the Orathuppalayam dam and to prevent future pollution of the river.

It submitted that the union had 6,500 members, who were all labourers in dyeing and hosiery factories at Tirupur.

By an order dated January 28 on a contempt petition filed by the Noyyal River Ayacutdars' Protection Association, the High Court had directed the pollution control board to close down all effluent plants in the Tirupur area.

100 p.c. ZLD

The order stated that dyeing and bleaching units should not be permitted to operate unless and until they achieved 100 per cent Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD).

In view of the closure of the units, the members of the association had lost their employment, their only source of income.

Unless the petitioner was permitted to implead itself as a party, all facts could not be placed before the court.

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