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Pollution issue dominates

Staff Reporter

Farmers’ grievances day meeting

KARUR: Pollution of fields by the dyeing units in Karur dominated the discussions at the farmers’ grievances day meeting held here on Wednesday.

Bowing to persistent demand from the farmers, Collector J. Umamaheswari has called for a meeting of the farmers and officials from the departments concerned on February 11 to understand the plight of the farmers who are steadily losing their crop and lands to pollution.

Raising the issue, P. Ponnusamy, a farmer from Vadukkupalayam Kattur near here, stated that almost all areas under the Melapalayam panchayat have been affected by pollution from the dyeing units that drain their effluents into river Amaravathy that irrigated the fields.

Stating that the farmers have been persuading for long the district administration to take adequate and immediate efforts to control the menace, Mr. Ponnusamy wanted a tangible solution .

Many farmers backed his claims and added that the ill effects of pollution did not stop with Melapalayam and had spread to wherever dyeing units and effluent treatment plants had been established.

Responding to the concerns raised by the farmers, officials from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board harped on the constitution of the Loss of Ecology Commission and the award it had announced, the objection of the farmers to the award of compensation, the polluters’ objection as well and the cases filed in courts on the issue. . Another meeting with the dyeing as well common effluent treatment plant operators would be conducted, she said.

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