Court clears reopening of dyeing units

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday agreed to permit the reopening of 164 dyeing and bleaching units, which were closed by an order of the court after they failed to install reverse osmosis plants in their units.

A Division Bench comprising Justice M. Karpagavinayagam and Justice C. Nagappan, however, directed the units to collect Rs. 6 lakhs and pay Rs. 1 lakh each to six service organisations. This was ordered due to the delayed compliance of the court order dated August 1 directing the units to install reverse osmosis plants, said the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board counsel, Rita Chandrasekaran.

The organisations which would receive the sum are: Vishranthi, Sivananda Gurukulam, Chengalpattu, Mercy Home, Banyan, Gandhi Ashram (Tiruchengode) and Madhuram Narayanan Home for Special Children. Once the units furnish proofs of receipt from these organisations, orders revoking their closure shall be issued.

On their part, the units agreed to complete the construction works by September 30, 2006, and to commission the reverse osmosis plants on November 30, 2006. During the period, they shall submit progress report every fortnight to the Tamil Nadu Water Industrial Corporation Limited.