P. Sunderarajan

They will meet Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

They will try and get a subsidy for common effluent plant

NEW DELHI: Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran and Minister of State (Independent charge) for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh have planned to meet Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to try and get a subsidy for common effluent plant put up by dyeing units at Tirupur at the cost of Rs. 800 crore. They also hope to receive support for another Rs.800 crore project to lay an underground pipeline for discharging treated effluents into the sea. Speaking to journalists after a meeting between them here on Tuesday to discuss problems faced by dyeing units in servicing the loan taken for the plant due to the meltdown, Mr. Maran and Mr. Ramesh expressed confidence that the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister would support the industry.

Noting that being a major export centre, Tirupur, they said the industry needed a helping hand from the Central government.

“The issue can’t be sorted out by any one Ministry. It requires the support of the entire Central government,” Mr. Maran said.

The industry had set up the facility a few years ago following a High Court order. But, following the steady decline in textile exports due to the recession, the industry had been finding it difficult to service the loans.

Apart from that, it also requires to set up an underground pipeline from Tirupur and traversing Erode, Karur and Namakkal for discharging treated effluents into the sea.

“The Tamil Nadu government can not bear the entire expenditure. It is ready to provide its share. The Centre also needs to help. We are sure we would get the required assistance,” Mr. Maran said.