TAMIL NADU

Dyers seek direct supply

TIRUPUR, MARCH 17: With the New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited (NTADCL) making all-out efforts to supply water to the industries as per schedule by April-end, the Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) has made a fresh plea to the Corporation to supply water directly to the industries located in Tirupur municipal limits also.

As per the proposal, NTADCL will supply water directly to the industrial units located outside the municipal limits while Tirupur Municipality will provide water to the dyeing and processing units in its limits.

The agreement, between the State Government, NTADCL and the Municipality, says "water distribution system does not cover the entire area of Tirupur Municipality and excludes the water connections to households and industries within the municipal limits."

And, "the water connections to households and industries within the municipal limits, including transfer of existing house or industrial connections to the water distribution system shall be provided by the civic body at its own cost and in accordance with the transition plan and under the terms of this agreement."

N. Kandaswamy, president of DAT, in his letter to Sameer Vyas, Managing Director, NTADCL, has stated that if two parties monitored the dyeing industries, there would be `more chaos' and `misadministration'.

As this will cause "split behaviour" among the dyers, Mr. Kandaswamy requested that the NTADCL include all water distribution systems for industries also within the municipal area in its system.

According to sources, NTADCL has reduced the period of bank guarantee from 12 months to three for the industrial units for entering into service agreement to provide water supply connections.

The NTADCL, in its service agreement, has stated that the off-take by the individual units concerned should not be less than the agreed volume and the unit should pay the charges for the agreed volume, irrespective of the actual quantum of potable water drawn by the unit being less than the agreed volume.

20 per cent margin

Since the dyeing industry is a seasonal one and there is no assured volume of business for any unit for any particular month, the association has urged NTADCL to allow 20 per cent margin to individual units either upward or downward to the agreed volume, as it was `practically necessary' and `highly essential'.

And, water charges could be collected on the basis of actual water drawn.

Reverse Osmosis Plant

To find a permanent solution to the problem of pollution and save the 700-odd dyeing and bleaching units from closure, the industry is now putting pressure on NTADCL to take over the project of treating the effluents discharged by units.

The directors of NTADCL, A. Sakthivel (President, Tirupur Exporters Association) and Mr. Kandaswamy are persuading the NTADCL authorities to take up the project and install a reverse osmosis plant to treat the effluents to ensure zero discharge.

"It would be a win-win situation for both of us - the dyers and the NTADCL. They can sell the treated water to us besides charging for effluent treatment," Mr. Kandaswamy told The Hindu .

The Corporation could minimise the drawal of water from the confluence of River Cauvery and River Bhavani if it were to take up the project.

According to him, the March 23 meeting of the board of directors of NTADCL will discuss the issue.

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