People allege officials are not taking action
ERODE: It seems, polluting the water carrying channels, is not enough for the dyeing units in the district. Now they have started polluting land on the roadsides through indiscriminate dumping of solid waste.
Huge amount of solid waste including chemical effluents are being dumped on both sides of the Sathyamangalam main road, Bhavani main road, Nambiyur main road and a few other arterial roads in the outskirts of the town.
The acrid smell emanating from the solid waste gives a hard time for the vehicle users particularly those travelling in the two-wheelers. Senior officials of the district including the Collector travel on these road on several occasions in a day.
But no one seems to take notice of the dumping by the dyeing units.
“The dyeing units have already spoiled our fertile lands. Now they are causing huge damage to the environment by dumping solid waste on the roadsides,” farmers say.
“The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, which is supposed to monitor and initiate action against the units found dumping solid waste, has virtually stopped functioning long back. The officials in the district administration are not even ready to listen to our pleas,” people say.
The government had ordered closure of the units, which were letting out effluents without treating them properly. “But these orders are not followed in the district for reasons best known to the officials,” people allege.
A majority of the water carrying channels including the Kalingarayan channel and the Cauvery river are already heavily polluted due to the discharge of huge amount of effluents from the dyeing units.