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SC Tells Tirupurís Dyeing Industry To Pay For Polluting  
Source:   Times of India City   : NewDelhi Published On   09-10-2009  


The Supreme Court has come down hard on industries polluting water bodies, applying the ‘polluters pay’ principle against 150-odd dyeing units in Tirupur’s garment export zone which had been discharging their waste into the Noyyal river.

In an order that may be cited by green activists, the court asked the dyeing units at Karur and Tirupur, which cater to the huge forex earning garment export industry in Tamil Nadu, to pay for cleaning the Noyyal and other water bodies massively polluted by their factories.

Agreeing with the stand of the Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association, SC refused to take a lenient view of the environmental hazard resulting from the effluents discharged by the factories, adversely affecting the river, the Orthapalayam reservoir and other tanks and channels of the river.

The court noted that the industries have set up 17 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) and were asked to pay up Rs 55.6 crore for ecorestoration and pollutioncheck work. The Tirupur Dyeing Factories Association, as per a Madras High Court order, had paid up Rs 25 crore for this purpose. The SC said the rest of the amount had to be paid within three months.

A Bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice B S Chauhan said: “It is desirable that members of the appellant association should ensure compliance of the directions including payment of dues within three months.” Firms can’t get away with ecological damage, says SC

New Delhi: SC on Wednesday asked dyeing units at Karur and Tirupur to pay for cleaning the River Noyyal and other water bodies massively polluted by discharge from their factories.

  “They shall ensure that no pollution is caused to the river or dam and if cleaning operation has not yet been completed, it shall be completed within three months,” the Supreme Court bench said.

It said: “Undoubtedly, there has been unabated pollution by the members of the appellant association. They cannot escape the responsibility to meet the expenses of reversing the ecological damage. They are bound to meet the expenses of removing the sludge from the river and also for cleaning the dam. The principles of ‘polluters pay’ and ‘precautionary principle’ have to be read with the doctrine of sustainable development.” The court noted that Tirupur was an industrial hub providing employment to five lakh people in garment industries there, which earn around Rs 10,000 crore in foreign exchange annually for the country. TNN

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