TN environment protection movement coordinator Mugilan, many panchayat representatives of the association for the people affected by the Perundurai Sipcot industrial estate pollution problem appealed to the TNPCB Perundurai officials to give the report of NEERI (National Environment Engineering Research Institute of Hyderabad), given 3 months back to TNPCB, to know the recommendations of it to contain air and water pollution problem in the Sipcot industrial estate, Perundurai.
They cited the following problems to the SIPCOT officials at the grievance redressal meeting held in the office on Wednesday:
The SIPCOT CSR fund of Rs 2 cr was given to sports department. Such fund should be used to use motors to pump the stagnated pollution water in the SIPCOT premises or otherwise more effuents of the dyeing units in the SIPCOT would flow with rain water in coming days and reach villages in around SIPCOT where ground water was already contaminated due to high TDS and chemical content in the textile
The effluents now flow in Nalla Odai to reach 14 acre Odaikattur lake and 8 tanks and finally reach 420 acre Palathozhuvu lake near Chennimalai. Solid wastes of effluents were also stagnated in the units. The SIPCOT has one air quality assessing sensor. It should also be increased.
The details of the action taken on the pollution causing units should be informed to public. The officials should stop emission of effuents outside the units in SIPCOT or close down all 49 dyeing units causing water pollution. Or hefty fine should be slapped on erring units to close themselves on their own. If the officials face any problem, they can inform us to take up the issue to the CM or stage stir. The TNPCB already pointed out to the units on the defects in the ETPs.
Due to water pollution, they were not able to raise wet crops and maintain cattle. So, dry crops were raised in some areas. The effuents reach the tanks owned by revenue department. But, it didn't take any action to protect its tanks despite many complaints were lodged to TNPCB and Tahsildar.
Palathozhuvu, Pudupalayam, JJ Nagar Panayampalli, Ottaparai, Mugasipidariyur, Eengur, Vaipadi, Varapalayam, Kuthampalayam, Sirukalanchi, Kambuliampatti, Ponmudi, Dalavaipalayam, villages, around SIPCOT, were worst affected due to water pollution.
Ground water tests in 20 places in the villages were indicated the water are not in potable condition. So, many suffer with various diseases including cancer.
The dyeing units, in the name of protecting trees in the SIPCOT, bring more water from outside and use it for their activities leading to release of more untreated effuents outside the plants. So, SIPCOT should maintain the trees and bar units from getting more water from outside.
The TNPCB should ensure whether the units operate ETPs properly because the units let effuents of over 6000 to 7000 TDS outside. The units in fact get more water from outside than the permissible limit. It is also a major reason for letting more effluents outside the plants, affecting people's livelihood much and forcing many to vacate the villages, they charged.