The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has readied a list of 363 farmers who need to repay the compensation amounts received from the Board recently towards offsetting the damages incurred to the farm activities because of discharge of dyeing effluents into River Noyyal.

The repayment of the amount, totaling Rs. 75 crore, was necessitated after the Madras High Court on November 1, set aside the State Government order sanctioning the said amount to the Board for disbursement to members of the Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association.

The petitioners, M. Ramasamy and others who have land on banks of Noyyal, contented that the compensation amount of Rs. 75 crore was intended for disbursal to entire 28,596 affected agriculturists, including members of the association.

The amount was in fact collected as fine from the Tirupur dyeing units which polluted River Noyyal through indiscriminate discharge of effluents violating pollution control guidelines set by the government.

When contacted, association vice-president K.C. Kolunthaisamy, told The Hindu that the association members would always respect the court orders. The amount would be repaid within six weeks as stipulated by the court.

A senior Board official said the repayment was yet to commence from the association members.

The Board, in consultation with the State Government, was evolving a methodology to collect the entire amount back which was issued through cheques.

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