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Decrease in yield due to pollution, say farmers

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Dyeing units discharging effluents into LBP canal

ERODE: : The crop yield has decreased because of the use of contaminated water, the farmers complained at the agriculturists' grievances day meeting held here on Friday.

The president of the LBP Ryots Association said at the meeting, presided over by the District Revenue Officer, K. Nagarajan,

that the textile dyeing industries in Modakurichi and its surroundings discharged effluents into LBP canal. He also said that several such industries were functioning on the banks of Perumapllam Odai without the permission of the Pollution Control Board and the Government. The Kalingarayan Farmers Association president, V. M. Velayutham, said that the pollution problem had started growing in Kalingarayan ayacut. Hundreds of textile dyeing and tanning industries were discharging untreated wastes into the Kalingarayan canal because of which the crop yield had been affected.

He said the Pollution Control Board officials in Erode were using bottled water, while the farmers under the Kalingarayan ayacut were using contaminated canal water for domestic and drinking purposes. He said several industries were discharging untreated wastes during night hours, which is known to the Pollution Control Board officials. Another farmer, Kandasamy said that at Nochipallam Odai on Bhavani Main Road, more than 15 dyeing factories were functioning polluting the Cauvery water.

Replying to the allegations, the Assistant Engineer, Pollution Control Board, Udayakumar, said that four dyeing factories were closed in Kumarayavalasu near Erode for flouting the pollution control norms and show cause notices were issued to four other units. He said already the Pollution Control Board and the Revenue Divisional Officer, Erode had ordered closure of eight textile dyeing units in Nochipallam area and were taking all steps to prevent discharge of untreated effluents. He said as per the High Court direction, notices were issued to tanneries and textile dyeing industries to install reverse osmosis plants before August 31, failing which severe action would be taken against them. The Public Works Department officials said that a sum of Rs 9.35 crore had been sought from NABARD for developing the Kalingarayan canal.

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