Dyeing association raises Rs 3.15 cr to set up common effluent plant

It seems that 60 dyeing units located on Tajpur Road have finally realised the utility of setting up a common effluent treatment plant.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:March 29, 2009 4:38 am

Breather given by CM to upgrade existing plants ends on Tuesday

It seems that 60 dyeing units located on Tajpur Road have finally realised the utility of setting up a common effluent treatment plant (CETP). Exactly a month ago,they had proposed to set up a CETP and had sought land from the state government.

The owners had promised to raise Rs 7.5 crore for the purpose but the High Court had asked the dyeing association to show if they can arrange for some funds. Keeping their promise,the association has collected Rs 3.15 crore.

“The bank statement has been sent to the court for record purposes. Our next hearing is on Monday,” said Bobby Jindal,general secretary,Tajpur Dyeing Association.

The power connections of these units were disconnected in February after the state pollution control board had found them flouting the zero-discharge norms. Later,the CM gave them a breather till March 31 on the condition to upgrade their effluent treatment plants (ETPs). On February 28,the association members gave a plea that they can’t upgrade their ETPs because it would require more funds. Rather they proposed to set up a common plant.

Ashok Makkar,president of the association,said,”The cost of CETP is not less than Rs 15 crore. According to the Centre’s scheme,we can get 50 per cent subsidy on the project. We already have collected Rs 3.15 crore and the rest will be collected in due course of time. So we want the government to give us 5 acres in Jamalpur.”

However,the members are in a fix as what will happen in court on Tuesday – the last day for their temporary power connections. If no relief comes from the High Court,the power connection will be suspended once again.

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