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Printed and dyed fabrics washed in polluted water

Increasing pollution: Textile workers washing printed and dyed fabrics in the Pichaikaranpallam Odai, near Mudalithottam, in which polluted water is flowing. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Govarthan

Staff Reporter

Industries discharging untreated effluent into the Pichaikkaranpallam Odai

ERODE: Washing printed and dyed fabrics in water polluted with effluent in Pichaikkaranpallam results in the water getting even more polluted as it flows along, in Erode district.

Industries

In Periyasemur area of the district, hundreds of small textile printing and dyeing industries are functioning.

Most of such industries are discharging their untreated effluent into the Pichaikkaranpallam odai in which the LBP seepage water is flowing.

The polluted water which is flowing in the odai has percolated the nearby thousand and odd borewells, causing severe hardship to the residents.

Most of the people on either side of the odai are daily wage earners and their health has been affected because of the use of the borewell water, which is highly polluted.

Added to this, for the past few days, some textile dyers have arranged the washing of their products in the polluted water in the Pichaikkaranpallam odai.

Some workers bring the dyed and printed fabrics on two wheelers to the odai, wash them there and take them back to the industry for drying.

The workers who were engaged in the task said, “Already ban has been introduced on the washing of the dyed and printed fabrics in the River Cauvery.

“Sometimes we wash the fabrics in water flowing in the LBP canal three kilometres away and are also washing them in the odai water.”

They said the odai water, though polluted, would not affect the dyed clothes.

Because of the ban announced by the district administration on the washing of dyed fabric in River Cauvery, now many dyers were taking their products to the Railway Bridge area and Pallipalayam (Namakkal district) area where they are doing the washing work.

Pollution

Because of the washing of such products in the Pichaikkaranpallam odai, the water became even more polluted and has a higher level of dissolved solids.

When it merges with the Cauvery, it could indirectly cause health problem for people.