The Government which had planned measures to conserve water bodies and rivers was said to be actively considering the proposal.

A proposal submitted by Siruthuli for restoration of Noyyal river, its canals and tanks are under active consideration of the Government, official sources said. Chairman of Siruthuli S.V. Balasubramanian and Project Co-ordinator K. Mayilsamy submitted a proposal to the Minister for Public Works Department K.V. Ramalingam.

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has caught four illegal dyeing units during raids carried out along the banks of River Noyyal on Thursday evening and Friday. Official sources said the units, located in the hinterlands of Tirupur, were found dyeing the yarns and discharging the effluents generated in the process to drains that lead to River Noyyal.

Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd plans to take under captive plantation over 10,000 acres of degraded land to raise pulp wood for raw material.

The Tamil Nadu government has issued orders to upgrade two of its cement plants with an investment of around Rs 515 crore.

An environmental activist has sought details from State Environment Department whether interest-free loans have been given to Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in Tirupur as reported in the media.

He asked why so many CETPs were running to test zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems on trial basis. In a ‘personal notice' sent to the Principal Secretary (Environment and Forests) to State Government,

To make monitoring of effluent discharge by dyeing units in Tirupur and Erode districts more effective, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) will have an online water quality monitoring system this year in the Noyyal river and Kalingarayan canal.

In the policy note tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday, Environment Minister B.V. Ramanaa said the process of procurement of instruments for continuous online monitoring of water quality in Noyyal river and Kalingarayan canal will be completed by May 31.

‘Initiate criminal action against those running such units'

After a brief lull, the menace of illegal dyeing units has resurfaced in the Tirupur-Namakkal belt. The units have come up even after the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board carried out an extensive demolition drive a few months ago.

An individual from Valayapalayam in Aravakurichi Taluk of Karur district has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court Bench here to quash a Government Order passed on December 31 sanctioning

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in the last few days raided three dyeing units and two bleaching units in the Tirupur knitwear cluster engaged in unauthorised operations and discharging

The growing need for land for industrial and residential purposes has resulted in lands under agriculture shrinking by 10 to 15 per cent per annum in Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur districts.

Top officials in the Agriculture Department, pointing out to the statistics discussed by the State Planning Commission at its recent meetings, say that in these districts, the total extent of land under agriculture has come down by 1.50 lakh hectares over the last three years.