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Drive against polluting units in Erode continues

S. Ramesh
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Cracking the whip: An unapproved textile processing unit being demolished in Erode on Thursday. — Photo: M. Govarthan
Cracking the whip: An unapproved textile processing unit being demolished in Erode on Thursday. — Photo: M. Govarthan

Continuing the drive against polluting industrial units, the district administration had demolished a little over 30 unapproved textile processing units in Erode and its suburbs in the last seven days. Three unapproved units were demolished on Thursday. The unapproved textile processing units had turned out to be a menace as they were discharging thousands of gallons of untreated, toxic effluents into water sources, including rivers, causing extensive damage to the environment and the farming sector.

Unapproved units mushroomed along the water sources in Erode and its suburbs after a number of dyeing units were shut down in Tirupur.

The administration took a bold step a few months ago by demolishing more than 100 units. Later, the drive lost momentum for reasons best known to the officials.

The lack of attention from the officials in the district and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) had encouraged the dyers to once again establish many unauthorised small units near water carrying channels and the banks of Cauvery and Bhavani.

When farmers took this issue to the notice of Collector V.K. Shanmugam, he ordered the officials to initiate immediate measures to sort out the problem. Following this, a team of officials from the Revenue Department and the TNPCB identified over 30 units functioning without any approval. Officials dismantled the machinery and demolished the units using earthmovers.

The administration, the Collector said, would initiate sustained efforts to bring down the pollution levels in the district. “We will be removing all the unauthorised units in a phased manner,” he said.

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