Sale of salt has been affected following the closure of dyeing units in Tirupur. Salt is one of the raw materials required by garment industries which abound in Tirupur.
Dyeing units often prefer refined or ‘free flow' salt. The shutters of dyeing units in Tirupur are down following legal bodies' directive over issues related to environmental pollution. Traders, who solely dealt with despatch of salt to such units are in a quandary.
Till recently, more than 500 tonnes of refined salt were being sent to Tirupur and neighbouring areas every day from Tuticorin, M.S.A. Peter Jebaraj, President, Gandhi Irwin Salt Manufacturers' Association, told The Hindu here on Tuesday.
As many as 720 dyeing units remain closed in Tirupur. Much to their agony, the traders here could not collect money from those who purchased the consignments in Tirupur. Due to uncertainty of operations, the dyeing units were also not able to give dates for settlement of dues, B. Kumaran, a Tuticorin-based trader, said.
More than twenty free flow salt production plants exist in Tuticorin.
Transport workers were also affected, C. Arul Raj Solomon, a salt pan proprietor, said. As for industrial purpose, the cost of production of salt was costlier than other purposes.
“On an average, one tonne of free flow sugar costs Rs. 700 to Rs. 800. For one tonne of raw salt, wastage constitutes about 20 per cent – 25 per cent”, he said. Besides edible purpose, salt was required for ice plant units, poultry farms, chemical industries, fish processing plants and paper industries.