Staff Reporter

ERODE: Farmers have reacted cautiously to the Chief Minister's recent announcement in the Assembly on sea discharge of effluents.

The Chief Minister had said that effluents would be diverted to Nagapattinam from Tirupur, Erode and Karur through pipeline.

In Erode more than 530 textile dyeing and printing units and 42 tanneries are functioning.

Most of the factories are functioning on the sides of Kalingarayan canal and Cauvery River. Because of large-scale discharge of untreated effluents into the drains, which reached the Kalingarayan canal, the farmers were affected and the crop yield also fell significantly.

The farmers filed a petition in the Madras High Court, which instructed the industries to erect Reverse Osmosis Plant on or before December 31 last and ensure zero discharge.