Powerloom weavers seek trade licences

Members of the Mysore Powerloom Silk Manufacturers Cooperative Society staged a protest here on Monday seeking issue of trade licences for powerloom weavers by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. They also demanded that the powerloom sector be excluded from the purview of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. They submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the Governor and the BBMP Commissioner.

Puroshotham L. (59), a third-generation weaver in Cottonpet who owns a powerloom, said that owners of several powerloom units in certain localities had failed to obtain their licences over the past three years as they had not got clearances from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).

“Powerloom sector has been flourishing in the city for long and the noise is a part of our lives. In fact, the noise-level due to vehicles is much higher than that due to operation of powerlooms,” he added. Mr. Puroshotham also pointed out that the powerloom weaving industry was in “crisis” as the trade licences of a large number of weavers in Cubbonpet, Adugodi, Suddaguntapalya, Vinayaka Nagar and Azad Nagar had not been renewed. “If licences are not issued to us, then the industry will collapse. There is a need for the authorities concerned to look into it,” he added. Manjunath S. (43), a third-generation powerloom weaver near Chamarajpet, said, “For the past three years, we have been requesting the officials to renew our licences but in vain.” ”

Mr. Puroshotham said, “Powerloom weaving is what we have been doing for years now.” S. Nandakumar, senior environmental officer of the KSPCB, said that the board was bound by a High Court order that stated powerloom units should not be allowed to function in residential areas as it is a “nuisance” to the residents. “We cannot even adopt any measure to control the noise pollution levels. It is only on this basis that the BBMP has not issued licences,” he added.

N.S. Shivaprakash, secretary of the Mysore Powerloom Silk Manufacturer’s Cooperative Society, said that the localities where powerloom units were functioning, were semi-residential areas.

‘Court order prevents giving licence to the units’

‘Most units are located in semi-residential areas’