There seems to no end to the sufferings of farmers, who depend on the Kalingarayan channel for irrigation.

The textile and leather processing units continue to dump huge amount of effluents in the channel, poisoning soil in hundreds of hectares of land.

The public works department has stopped the discharge of water in the channel several days ago. But the channel is in full flow, carrying thousands of gallons of the untreated, toxic effluents discharged by the textile processing and tannery units in Erode and its suburbs.

“The ‘approved' units continue to let toxic effluents into the channel, which is the lifeline of thousands of farmers in the district,” R. Sivasamy, a farmer allege.

Zero discharge

“The dyers and leather processors with licensed units claim they follow zero discharge system.

“Officials claim that they have demolished all the illegal dyeing units. But the flow of effluents into the Kalingarayan channel is yet to stop,” he say. The district administration initiated concrete efforts against the illegal dyeing units and demolished many of them.

“There are a number of units still functioning illegally in many parts of the district and these units continue to cause irreversible damage to the environment,” farmers say. The farming community has appealed to the district administration to continue its drive against the polluting industrial units.

All the units that are found polluting the environment should be shut down, they urged.

If the authorities failed to initiate against the polluting units, more farmers in the district would quit their profession and migrate to the urban areas looking for alternate employment, environmental activists here say.