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KSPCB urges textile units to use eco-friendly dyes
Jan '12
Small textile units in the south Indian city of Bangalore have been advised to use eco-friendly dyes by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).

KSPCB also directed the textile units to join forces and facilitate construction of a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in the city.

Most of the units in the city are small household units which utilize chemicals and plenty of water, and these were found to be discharging their liquid waste into the sewage pipes of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewge Board (BWSSB), which was spoiling the underground drainage system.

Environmental Officer Nanda Kumar informed that they look forward to bring together the 500 textile units which were served closure notices by the KSPCB around six months back for using hazardous substances.

He informed that these textile units have been presented with an action plan, under which the units would first have to devise a plan to accumulate their wastes at one place, and the second step would be to shift the same to a CETP.

Mr. Kumar was speaking during a workshop for textile unit owners, organized by the KSPCB to make the entrepreneurs aware regarding the negative effects of extensive use of chemical and hazardous dyeing materials.

However, the suggestions were not readily accepted by the unit owners. A unit owner said it would not be easy to execute these suggestions as majority of people in these units are illiterate, also the said units are scattered in different parts of the city, far off from each other, for which it is not possible that all textile unit owners would arrive at a consensus and agree to spend a huge sum for establishing a CETP.

A member of Suvarna Karnataka Silk Cottage Owners' Association said closure of the textile units in the city would also affect other allied industries.

He informed that over past some time they have been urging the government and have even made requests to the Textiles Minister and the Chief Minister to provide them adequate space in the outskirts of the city to facilitate relocation of all the units at one place, which would ease the task of establishing a CETP. He added that they have also urged the government to help them by providing loans and chemicals at subsidized rates.

However, as doing this would take some time, the KSPCB Chairman Mr. AS Sadashivaiah advised the association to jointly devise an action plan to serve as an interim solution, at the earliest.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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