Inspections are being carried out. Warnings are also being issued very often. But still the district administration and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board find it difficult to stop the flow of untreated effluents from the textile and tannery units into the Kalingarayan Canal, a major irrigation channel in the district.
The discharge of untreated effluents into the canal has caused serious damage to the environment.
The parapet wall constructed along the canal did not help prevent the flow of effluents. “Untreated effluents get stagnated along the wall and then flow into the canal, which is a primary source of water for the irrigation of thousands of acres of land in the district,” farmers point out.
Tired of staging agitations, the farmers have now confined themselves to complaining only at their monthly grievances redressal meetings.
Elected representatives including MLAs witnessed the grim situation on several occasions and instructed the officials concerned to initiate action. The Collector too had instructed the officials to look into the issue.
“But no concrete efforts have been taken to prevent the discharge of effluents into the Kalingarayan Canal. Only we have to quit agriculture and look for another profession,” the farmers lament.
The soil is fast becoming unproductive due to unmindful discharge of effluents into the canal. Farmers depending on the canal for irrigation are gradually leaving agriculture in search of better paying jobs.
“The district once had vast area of cultivable lands. Now the area under cultivation is shrinking. Farmers are now either selling their lands or converting them into residential plots in many parts of the district,” officials in the agriculture department pointed out.