The demolition of around 200 illegal dyeing units in Erode and Namakkal districts, falling in the hinterland of Tirupur knitwear cluster, over last few days, have further dented the image of Tirupur knitwear cluster since parent units of many of them were traced to Tirupur.
“A good chunk of them can be termed ‘migrated units' from Tirupur when their main units were closed following the Madras High Court order for violation of pollution norms,” Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board sources told The Hindu.
The detection of the illegal operations on a large scale had, thus, blunted the claims of various textile associations in Tirupur that their profit margins shrunk after they were forced to send cloths for dyeing to places as far as Ludhiana, Kolkata and many upcountry towns following closure of dyeing units in Tirupur by a court order.
“The demolition of units in large numbers, of which a good chunk belongs to Tirupur-based industrialists, shows that they have been carrying out dyeing activities illegally in the vicinity itself.
The dumping of untreated effluents into Cauvery and Bhavani rivers have reiterated our accusations that the dyers in Tirupur by and large lack social commitment,” K. Duraisami, a progressive farmer and president of Tirupur Groundwater Protection Committee, told The Hindu.
Already, some dyeing units in Tirupur town were found operating with alternate power sources during the recent raids conducted by the Board despite the disconnection of power to all 700-odd dyeing and bleaching units after the Madras High Court ordered closure of units on January 28 for not attaining zero liquid discharge.
According to the sources in the Board, among the illegally operated units were the members of Dyers Association of Tirupur.
It was only a few days back, public caught a dyeing unit functioning illegally at Maniyarampalayam here after the officials concerned failed to act on the unit.
“There is no point in giving any scale of grants to the Tirupur dyers for ensuring zero liquid discharge considering the continued manipulation of the rules and norms by the dyers at every given opportunity,” Mr. Duraisami pointed out.