R. Vimal Kumar
It demands release of grants to offset capital expenditure incurred on CETPs
Tirupur: The dyeing process in Tirupur knitwear cluster came to a halt as the Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) commenced an indefinite suspension of work on Friday.
Though the entire 520 dyeing units observed strike on Friday, a section of units owned by the apparel exporters would resume work on Saturday (December 26) as announced earlier.
The dyeing units of exporters took part in the strike just for a day, that too, according to Tirupur Exporters Association vice-president S. Duraiswamy, only to give “moral support” to the DAT’s demand.
The DAT is asking for release of government grants to offset the capital expenditure of Rs.800 crore incurred by the dyers for setting up 20 Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) with zero liquid discharge systems embedded in it.
About 200 bleaching units in the cluster are taking part in the indefinite agitation to express solidarity with the DAT.
The CETPs with zero liquid discharge facilities had become essential to comply with an order issued by the Supreme Court that no industrial effluent should be discharged into the Noyyal river after January 5.
The dyeing units operated by exporters, which also holds membership in DAT, however, had already installed individual ETPs and hence, they were not willing to take part in the agitation.
Meanwhile, DAT office bearers held talks with the State Minister for Textiles, K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, on an invitation extended by him, in Chennai on Friday.
In the talks, held in the presence of Minister for Highways and Minor Ports M.P. Saminathan and Minister for Environment T.P.M. Mohideen Khan, dyers sought the immediate release of grants promised by the State Government to end the crisis.They also requested the Ministers to put pressure on the Centre to release their portion of financial assistance.
DAT sources told The Hindu that though the conciliatory talks did not yield any immediate result, the Ministers had assured help to resolve the crisis.
Tirupur MP C. Sivasami sought waiver of the entire bank loans taken by the dyeing units to set up CETPs if the Centre and State governments could not release the grants to offset its capital cost.