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Tirupur’s dyeing units pollution under new scrutiny

A special monitoring committee has been initiated in India’s textile-producing city of Tirupur to monitor pollution levels. The decision was made following a meeting between representatives of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), the Department of Agriculture, Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) and local farmers. Recent electrical conductivity tests conducted in the region indicated water samples taken from locations near certain production facilities had a much higher salt level than is permitted. Readings between 10 dS/m to 12.5 dS/m were reported in some cases. In November 2017, Ecotextile News reported a dyeing plant was temporarily shut down in Tamil Nadu following pollution issues. The latest findings show in-spite of the region’s adoption of zero liquid discharge (ZLD) targeted at bringing about an end to pollution which long plagued the dyeing sector.

Any textile dyeing or auxiliary units deemed to be in violation of standards introduced by the committee have been warned with the threat of strict action, although no fixed penalties have yet been established. Some good news was that soil samples from Ganapathipalayam and Karaiputhur which had been submitted for testing by the agricultural department ahead of the meeting were found to have pH of between 8 and 8.5 and were thus unaffected by pollution.