The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has caught 14 small scale dyeing/bleaching units for unauthorised operations during surprise raids conducted in Tirupur knitwear cluster over the last few days ending on Wednesday.

“We have recommended to our head office to seal the accused units and initiate criminal prosecution against its owners for illegal operations and drawing power without proper consents from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation,” TNPCB District Environmental Engineer (flying squad) M. Malayandi told The Hindu .

The said units were located at P.N.Road, Laxmi Nagar, Sangellipallam and Karuvampalayam in the heart of Tirupur city and found discharging effluents into the channels that lead to River Noyyal and other water bodies for long.

Permission

Interestingly, the 14 units caught were found operating without even obtaining the basic permissions required from various departments concerned to carry out any industrial operation.

This has, in turn, proved the accusations of farmers that various departments concerned were tardy and not highly sincere in their efforts to put an end to the continued indiscriminate discharge of effluents from industrial units.

“It is quite disheartening to know that illegal dyeing operations are still taking place in the Tirupur knitwear cluster and the TNPCB initiate crackdown frequently without discriminating pollution as caused by organised sector or unorganised sector units,” Vanchipalayam K. Durai, a farmer and president of Tirupur Groundwater Protection Committee told this paper.

It was only a few days ago, the TNPCB head office had asked the district administration to seal seven other dyeing/bleaching units, all falling in the organised sector, which were caught operating with alternative power sources in violation of the closure order issued by Madras High Court on dyeing and bleaching units for polluting River Noyyal.

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