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Ban on weekly leather market within BP Agraharam limits

S. Ramesh

The move follows complaints from residents of the area

Photo: M. Govarthan

Official announcement: The BP Agraharam town panchayat administration has put up a board recently announcing the ban on the conduct of the weekly private leather market in its limit.-

ERODE: The BP Agraharam town panchayat administration has banned the conduct of the private weekly leather market within its limit. It has also put up a board at the site, where the market is held every Tuesday, announcing the ban to the public.

The ban was imposed following widespread complaints from the residents that the market, set up unauthorisedly at BP Agraharam a few years ago, caused huge damage to the environment.

The private market attracts buyers and sellers from across the State and leather worth lakhs of rupees is being traded every week.

Effluents

After cleaning the leather with chemicals, traders discharge the effluents into the Kalingarayan canal, which is the lifeline of thousands of farmers in the district. Huge amount of solid waste generated in the market is also being dumped on the roadsides and streets, residents said.

A constant stench hangs heavy in the air.

The ground water in the area is heavily polluted.

The sanitary conditions in BP Agraharam remains poor for years due to the functioning of the market, residents added.

Though the town panchayat administration did not approve the functioning of the weekly market, the leather trade continued for the past few years.

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) had also issued orders to the town panchayat thrice to close the market.

After repeated representations, the town panchayat administration has now banned the market and also announced the ban.

Officials should ensure that the ban is strictly implemented

Executive Officer of the town panchayat K. Sundararajan said that the local body would not allow the conduct of the market as it did not have the approval.

Legal action

“The ban will be implemented in letter and spirit. If our order is violated, the administration will initiate legal action against those conducting the market,” he said.

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