TAMIL NADU

Steps to recover Rs. 24.38 crores from textile units begin

TIRUPUR, MARCH 17. The Coimbatore district Revenue Department has started proceedings under the Revenue Recovery Act, to recover Rs.24.38 crores from 775 dyeing units in the Tirupur cluster of textile industries as compensation for payment to the affected farmers.

For polluting the Noyyal River basin, the Loss of Ecology (prevention and payments of compensation) Authority for the State of Tamil Nadu, constituted by the Union Government, has recently awarded Rs. 24.38 crores to the 775 processing units.

And it has forwarded a list containing the amounts of compensation recoverable from the polluting industries and also the names of the affected individuals and the compensation payable to them.

Collector's order

Based on the report and award, the Coimbatore Collector, S. Kosalaraman, instructed the revenue officials to commence the collection work with immediate effect and asked them to send the progress report, sources said.

Farmers from Andipalayam, Chettipalayam, Mangalam, Mannarai, Mudalipalayam, Nallur, Nerupperichal, Thottipalayam and Veerapandi in Tirupur taluk and Kaniyampoondi and Pudupalayam in Avanashi taluk would get the compensation.

According to the report, a maximum of 595 hectares belonged to 275 farmers affected in Veerapandi village followed by 552 hectares of Mudalipalayam.

Based on the source of irrigation, i.e. River Noyyal and well, the compensation was divided into two categories, Rs.2,700 and Rs.600 per hectare.

According to sources in the revenue department, the polluted industries should remit demand draft, under the head of Environment Protection Fund, in six equal bi-monthly instalments if the stated amount was less than Rs. 2 lakhs and 12 equal bi-monthly instalments for Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs commencing from March.

Warning

"If the failure in payment in any one instalment the whole amount will become payable in one lump sum," the draft notice warned. "The same will be recovered from you, if necessary, as arrears of land revenue initiating proceedings under the Revenue Recovery Act," it warned.

Notice issued

As the Revenue Department has issued notice to all the 775 dyeing units to pay Rs.24.38 crores as compensation for payment to the affected farmers, the Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) has convened an emergency general body meeting tomorrow at the South Rotary Hall here.

Meanwhile, the association had approached the High Court of Madras, to quash the authority's order for compensation.

According to N. Kandaswamy, president of DAT, the High Court has granted an interim stay on condition of payment of the first instalment. He said the meeting would discuss the payment of first instalment and other related issues.

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