Units in the textile hub Tirupur have completely controlled the water pollution problem with the help of new technology in dyeing and processing of clothes, apex apparel industry body AEPC said on Thursday.

Over 700 units engaged mainly in dyeing and bleaching were shut down at Tirupur on the orders of the Madras High Court on January 28, 2011.

Their closure was ordered as they were found to be polluting the water in that area. Many of these units have become operational again.

“Now both common effluent treatment plants and individual units are following this Zero Liquid Discharge technology and are successfully meeting the requirements of trade,” Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Chairman A Sakthivel said in a statement.

He claimed that now Tirupur is the first textiles cluster in India to arrive at the zero liquid discharge technology.

“At present all dyeing and processing units are using 100 per cent zero discharge technology,” he said.

He said that due to the High Court Order, dyeing and processing units were shut down.

“We are sure, Tirupur will back to normalcy and there will be upward progress in supplies to both in domestic and international markets,” he added.

Sakthivel also said that the units are not facing any water shortage as most of them are re-using the water up to 90 per cent.

(This article was published on December 6, 2012)
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