Court directs authorities to file counter by tomorrow

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the authorities to file a counter by tomorrow to an application by the Tirupur Dyeing Factory Owners Association seeking a direction to the respondents to restore electricity connection to the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants installed by effluent treatment plants.

In its application, the association secretary, K. Krishnan, said that pursuant to the court order in a contempt petition, the pollution control board disconnected electricity to all Integrated Effluent Treatment Plants/Common Effluent Treatment Plants and RO plants.

The petitioner said a direction to restore electricity to the RO plants for maintaining RO membranes as well as the bacterial tank continuously to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge was essential. Also, for the safety of the premises, single line power connection was essential for the dyeing/bleaching industries.

If this power was not restored, the units would be greatly prejudiced and put to heavy loss and irreparable hardship.

Meanwhile, the High Court directed the pollution control board to allow Classic Knitwear Processors to commence its activities in terms of the court direction. This followed an application seeking permission to reopen the unit.

The Bench directed the pollution control board to depute a team of officers to inspect the unit along with the members of the monitoring committee and file a status report. The committee and the board filed reports. Having regard to the affidavit sworn to by a very responsible officer of the board stating that the unit had complied with all requirements and therefore it could be permitted to recommence its operations, the Bench said, it was directing the board to allow the unit to commence its activities in terms of the court order.

The court, however, reiterated that it was for the board to make necessary inspection and permit the unit to recommence its activities only after it was satisfied that the unit complied with all statutory and other conditions imposed in the order in the contempt petition.