ERODE: With the Central government proposing to allocate Rs. 200 crore as grant for the establishment of common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Tirupur, the industrial associations in Erode, which is home to a large number of textile processing units, have started raising voices seeking funds for a similar project in the town.
The textile processors in Erode had urged the Central and State governments on several occasions to help them implement a CETP project to treat the waste water coming from the processing units particularly the small scale units in the district. While large units were having individual treatment facilities, the small units were finding it difficult to have their own plant for waste water treatment. The Central and State governments had not responded to the proposal earlier.
But Tirupur was given a Rs. 200 crore grant in the Union Budget recently.
“Erode, which also has a large number of processing units, is not given any funds for a similar CETP project,” industrial associations point out. Textile processing is one of the largest industries in Erode district, providing employment to thousands of people. It generates revenue of over Rs. 3,000 crore.
People from all sections of the society particularly farmers in the district are concerned over the pollution caused by the processing units. A number of water carrying channels and the Cauvery River have been polluted due to the mindless discharge of effluents into them.
Environmental activists particularly blame the small scale processing units which discharge effluents into the waste water without treating it properly. The establishment of a CETP in Erode is perceived as a good solution to the problem.
Associations including Erode District Textile Processors Association, Federation of All Trade and Industry Associations of Erode District, Erode Handloom Cloth Merchants Association recently submitted memorandums demanding allocation of funds for the establishment of a CETP in Erode.