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As Pongal nears, pollution continues

Staff Reporter

As the last date for installing RO plant is extended, dyers continue to discharge effluents



WARNING IN VAIN: Dyed and printed saris are dried on the banks of the Kalingarayan canal near Vairapalayam.- Photo: M. Govarthan

ERODE: With Pongal eve just around the corner, textile dyers and screen printers here are busy producing low-cost saris that have reasonable market.

But, as these dyed and printed saris ought to be washed, the producers look to the Kalingarayan canal and the Cauvery river. The large-scale washing of saris has polluted the water bodies, complain Kalingarayan farmers. Already, crops such as paddy, turmeric and banana were affected as tanners and dyers discharged untreated effluents into the Kalingarayan canal. Further, as the last date for installing reverse osmosis (RO) plant has been extended to March 31, many tanners and dyers continued the discharge, the farmers say.

The district administration has ordered textile dyers and printers not to use the Cauvery and the Bhavani rivers, Lower Bhavani Project and Kalingarayan canals to wash printed saris or other materials. It also warned of severe action against those violating the order. Further, the district administration announced that time extension to install RO plants did not mean that untreated effluents could be discharged into the drains. Collector D. Karthikeyan cautioned that those violating would be prosecuted and the unit sealed. But the violation continues.

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