Technological solution soon for Tirupur units: Anand Sharma

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday said the Textiles Ministry in close coordination with the Tamil Nadu government was trying to work out a technological solution to overcome the crisis being faced by closed units in Tirupur.

Mr. Sharma, who met Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Wednesday, said both the Ministers discussed the Tirupur issue. “We are working out a technological solution to overcome the crisis Tirupur textiles units are facing following a Madras High Court order asking them to shut down on pollution concerns,” he told reporters.

“We have constituted a committee with all the stakeholders on board. We will recommend technologically feasible solution so that reopening can take place and job losses can be reversed,” said Mr. Sharma, who has been given additional charge of the Textiles Ministry.

Around 1,000 units engaged mainly in dyeing and bleaching have remained shut at Tirupur since January on the orders of the Madras High Court. Their closure was ordered as they were found to be polluting the water in the area. About one lakh workers, both directly and indirectly employed in the apparel hub have been rendered jobless.

While there are 18 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) catering to the garment units, they are not able to ensure zero pollution because of a lack of technology.

Textiles Secretary Rita Menon had on June 18 met with Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi and industry officials in Chennai to find a way out to the problem.

  • “We have set up a committee with all stakeholders on board”
  • About one lakh workers have been rendered jobless

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