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Old July 8th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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Tirupur- hosiery & knitwear city

this thread is about the Tirupur city-a fast growing city in tamilnadu .
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this thread is about the Tirupur city-a fast growing city in tamilnadu .
hey i dont think we need a seperate thread for tiruppur! we usually post details in the coimbatore thread itself!
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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Tiruppur became the one of the manufacturing hub in India.Why cant we have seperate thread?
I have no issues with this thread.I support.

A good article about manufacturing hubs in India from Businesstoday:
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Tirupur, Tamil Nadu
State capital: Chennai
Nearest airport: Coimbatore, 50 km
Nearest seaport: Tuticorin, 320 km
Connected by: Road and air
Major industries: Apparel and readymade garments
Major units: Styleman Exports, Network Clothing Company and Royal Garments


An export unit in TirupurTirupur accounts for 56 per cent of Indian knitwear exports. The town is attractive as a cluster, thanks to the well organised ancillary network that helps exporters.

These units have invested more than Rs 1,500 crore on upgrading technology to meet exacting international standards at short notice. Skilled manpower is also freely available.

However, there are only a handful of units with revenues of more than Rs 100 crore, and this may prove to be its Achilles’ heel in an increasingly integrated world.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #4
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Even i support this thread. But enough participation is needed for the thread.

One cannot conisder Tiruppur, Perudurai and Erode as the Suburban of Coimbatore city. Tiruppur and Erode are 2 individual cities, so let us keep a separate track for the projects in Tiruppur and Erode.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #5
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Tirupur Economy & Industry

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Tirupur is the "Knitwear capital" of India. Tirupur contributes to a huge amount of foreign exchange in India. It has spurred up the textile industry in India for the past three decades. Its economic boom boosts the morale of Indian industrialists. Great thing about Tirupur economy is that it is ever growing.

It was estimated that the export worth of Rs.1,12,000 Crores achieved by Tirupur in the year ending 2007. And the production from Tirupur for domestic needs stood at Rs.14000 Crores.[citation needed]


Industry

knitted garmentsAlthough Tirupur is a small city compared to Coimbatore, it is the centre of Tamil Nadu's cotton knitwear industry and successfully markets its products in India and overseas. It is one of the most fastest growing city in India in terms of Industry. It is called the Knits Capital of India as it caters to famous brands and retailers from all over the world. Nearly every international knitwear brand in the world has a strong production share from Tirupur.

It has a wide range of factories which export all types of Knits fabrics and supply garments for Kids, Ladies, Men's garments - both underwear and tops. The city is known for its hosiery exports and provides employment for about 300,000 people.

Some of the world's largest retailers including C&A, Walmart, Switcher, Diesel, ARMY, Tommy Hilfiger, M&S, FILA, H&M, HTHP, Whale, Reebok, VALUE, PitStop, 100% import many textiles items and clothing from Tirupur. There are many export Houses in Tirupur successful and fast growing like Eastman Exports , PGC Industries-Prem Durai Exports (Prem Groups), RBR , SCM , SP , Poppys . A large market for export reject pieces also exists centered in the khaderpet locality close to the railway station.

Even though the city is very prosperous, the infrastructure is very minimal. The city grew very quickly due to the high demand for manufacturing for the popular clothing brands mostly in the U.S. and Europe. But the modern machinery used and the availability of skilled labour enabled this city to prosper and be competitive internationally. The lack of infrastructure facilities comparatively for the forigen exchange which the city brings is a big negative point to be noticed. The Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) and other associateions are taking actions directly to get some sort of facilities done (like the third water scheem and NAP).

Tirupur is also known for its companies which have achieved major certificates and is showing an average growth of 40% per year since 1990.[5]

The association formed by the Exporters of tirupur (TEA) is one of the most successful association in India trying hard and been successful in helping the trade in tirupur.

New Tirupur is a small new town (Industrial Park) growing in tirupur formed and working as NAP by the exporters . Its an appropriate example for the future of Tirupur.
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News on June 07, 2008: Project Vikas Launched In Tirupur

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A joint initiative by Microsoft and NMCC will help SMEs enhance the manufacturing competitiveness in the domestic and global market.

Saturday, June 07, 2008: Microsoft and National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC), in partnership with the Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA), have formally rolled out 'Project Vikas' in Tirupur. The initiative, which has been ongoing for 18 months in Tirupur, has enabled the cluster to enhance its manufacturing competitiveness in the domestic and global market, the company said.




Along with the inauguration of the E-Readiness centre (ERC), the TEA portal, www.tea-india.org, was also launched today. The ERC will provide technical training, consulting services, business incubation services and knowledge sharing platforms to the SMEs enabling them to manage and grow their businesses. In addition, the portal, linked to the national portal of NMCC, will enable them to reach out to the cluster audience beyond geographical boundaries and make a footprint in the global ecosystem.

"With the launch of the E-Readiness centre and the TEA portal, Project Vikas has set new standards in enhancing the internal and external efficiencies of the textile exporters in Tirupur. We would recommend that Microsoft's Project Vikas be replicated across other clusters in the country – it has benefited us enormously in a short span of time," added A Sakhtivel, president, TEA.

The E-Readiness Centre is spread over 3,500-square feet and includes computer lab with 17 seats. The centre is also equipped with Wi-fi, V-sat and broadband connectivity. In addition, it has two training rooms with over-head LCD projector as well as video conferencing facilities.

The TEA portal features supplier showcase that presents the capacities and profiles of the suppliers including raw materials, machinery, processes etc. The members area provides information regarding buying agencies, shipping details, circulars and bulletins. The resource exchange tool is for sourcing, maximising capacity utilisation and cutting down response time.

Rajeev Mittal, general manager, Microsoft India, said, "Project Vikas will incubate and nurture an ecosystem of ISVs to ensure continued, high quality and relevant ICT support is available to the cluster. In addition to providing technology-based solutions to our SME customers, we will also invest in skills transfer via our 4,000 partners. We are also running pilot projects of similar nature in other manufacturing clusters including auto and leather."

Project Vikas aims to focus on each cluster for three years and aims to cover 25 clusters in five years (2006-2011). This programme focusses not just on driving IT penetration, but also skill and capacity building, knowledge creation and dissemination and enabling of linkages in the cluster ecosystem. By helping the Indian SMEs address its soft challenges, Project Vikas enables this crucial sector of the economy to realise its true potential, explained the company.
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News on January 29, 2008 : Tirupur water privatisation a success

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Tirupur, popularly known as the knitwear capital of India had the country's first ever privately financed drinking water project.

The area had an acute water shortage that was affecting the hundreds of dyeing and bleaching units. Villages in the area too were facing great water stress.

So in 2003 the Tamil Nadu government roped in Mahindra and Mahindra and the local industry to pitch in funds and bring water to Tirupur.

A Rs 1,000 crore public-private partnership came up by 2006, and was supplying 110 million litres to the local communities and industrial units per day.

Before that the villagers used to pay tanker operators up to Rs two for a pot of water that too for an irregular supply. And now for just Rs 4 they get two-and-a-half hours of water everyday. And if they pay fee in the beginning of the year it comes to just Rs 1.92 per day.

''They charge Rs 700 for the whole year. It's better than spending two or three rupees for a pot of water. They supply water for two and a half hours everyday. So there's nothing wrong,'' said a villager.

But for the Rs 11,000 crore knitwear industry, ironically their dream is coming at a higher price. They have to pay Rs 45 per 1,000 litres of water, six times the domestic price.

''When it is under private-profit, criteria are more important than social utility and social cause. It's a double edged sword,'' said Anil Kumar, Owner, Dyeing and Bleaching Unit. But a better part of the industry backs the project.

''Price is of course a concern, but we are trying to promote ancillary companies. Once we pay up the loans, we can even lower the prices. It's a very successful project, it could be done in Tirupur only because the industrialists are ready to buy the water,'' said A Sakthhivel, president, Tirupur Exporters' Association.

''In other places, it may not be viable because people may not pay such high prices. They tried it in two three places, they couldn't do it. In Tirupur industries came forward to finance this project,'' he added.

This is perhaps the only privatisation model in the whole of Asia about which the people concerned have good things to say. But it is too early to assess its success especially at the level of cost.

Technology is being brought in to recycle the costly water. All parties involved are also trying to pay off the loans before due date. Once that happens water costs will come down.

Will then the New Tirupur Area Development Corporation finally be able to create a model project for all to follow?
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Yes .. Tirupur & Erode deserve to have separate thread...
Beter to rename to include both "Tirupur & Erode"

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Yes .. Tirupur & Erode deserve to have separate thread...
Beter to rename to include both "Tirupur & Erode"
We can have seperate thread for Erode also.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #10
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Plan to expand Tirupur Corporation area.

Plans to expand Tirupur Corporation area


SET FOR EXPANSION: Tirupur is looking to become a bigger city. –

TIRUPUR: If the present plan for expansion is executed, Tirupur will become a 150 sq km city corporation from its present size of 27 sq.km. And, it will be bigger than the 105 sq.km. Coimbatore Corporation that is also contemplating expansion.

Tirupur Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan says the State Government has appointed an Officer on Special Duty (of the rank of an Assistant Director) to go into the merger of other local bodies with the Corporation.

Once the officer takes charge, the Corporation will begin the process of redrawing the boundaries of the wards and creating zones, each having a group of wards, says Mr. Ashokan.

The planned expansion is similar to the one carried out in Coimbatore in 1981, when it was upgraded to a Corporation from a municipality.

The move in Tirupur is to merge with the Corporation the third grade municipalities of 15 Velampalayam and Nallur and eight village panchayats, namely Chettipalayam, Mannarai, Thottipalayam, Andipalayam, Veerapandi, Murugampalayam, Neruperichal and Muthannanpalayam.

According to the 2007 population figures the merger will increase that of the Corporation from 4.23 lakh to 6.8 lakh and the number of wards from 52 to 120.

According to details provided by the Corporation, its present tax revenue is Rs. 47.08 crore.

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With the existing revenue of Rs. 12.64 crore of the other local bodies, the post-merger income is put at Rs. 59.72 crore. But, with higher tax rates for a Corporation, the income is bound to be more than the projected figure.

Official sources say that having become a Corporation, Tirupur may make an attempt at being included in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission based on its stature as an industrial and knitwear export zone. Slum rehabilitation is a major task, what with a steady inflow of migrant workers employed by the knitwear industry.

Drinking water supply and waste management are the other areas of concern in a developing urban local body.

In keeping with the expansion plan, Tirupur also looks to improve its basic infrastructure such as roads.

With high cost of living already driving people to the outskirts, the Corporation is aware that the expansion will entail providing good roads and water supply to the added areas.


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Plans to expand Tirupur Corporation area (from 27 sq.km. to 150 sq.km)

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Mixed response to Tirupur Dist

COIMBATORE: Views and opinions expressed by the parties, consumer organisations, farmers associations and people’s forums on the formation of Tirupur District were divergent.

AIADMK MLAs questioned the necessity of bifurcating Coimbatore district and vehemently opposed the formation of Tirupur district.

Consumer organisations demanded retention of Pollachi, Udumalpet and Sulur in Coimbatore district in the presence of Sakthikanta Das, special commissioner and commissioner for revenue administration.

The commissioner was conducting the public hearing to elicit views from people’s representatives, consumer and social organisations at district development council hall at the Collectorate on Tuesday .

AIADMK MLA S M Velusamy argued that there was no need to create a new district as Coimbatore was the central place. He said if Coimbatore were bifurcated, the jurisdiction of Tirupur district would be bigger than Coimbatore.

C Shanmugavelu (AIADMK) termed the meeting as eyewash. He recorded his view saying that Udumalpet circle should not be included in Tirupur district and so should Madathukulam.

P Chinnasamy, criticising the style in which the public hearing was conducted, said that without seeing the new plan they could not express their views. He demanded that the revenue commissioner should reveal the taluks to be incorporated in Tirupur district.


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Tirupur has all the merit to become a district
The reasons are:
In Tamilnadu all the corporations are district head quarters , Tirupur is only corporation not being district head quarters.
Tirupur is the sixth largest city of tamilnadu( may be seventh), but there are 23 cities smaller than Tirupur which had been district headquarters.
Further Tirupur is one among few cities which had seen phenomenal growth in population is last two decades
Also Tirupur is largest provider of employment to the uneducated people in last decade for the entire Tamilnadu.
Considering the population present & future ,Tirupur district is a MUST
People always due to political compulsion, the economic consideration due to new district will always put their interest above common benefit
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Garment exports from Tirupur decline

Exports to the European Union have also come down slightly

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China is unable to continue to produce low cost goods and export it

It may help us enhance our competitiveness
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TIRUPUR: Garment exports from Tirupur declined by 10 per cent in value terms during 2007-08 as against the previous year.

Tirupur Exporters’ Association president A. Sakthivel said at the annual general meeting of the association here that the value of exports from Tirupur in 2007-08 was Rs. 9,950 crore as against Rs. 11,000 crore in 2006-07.

Annual growth

The average annual export growth of Tirupur was 15 per cent since the abolition of quotas and in 2007-08 it was a 10 per cent decline. Further, nearly 15,000 workers had lost their job due to the slowdown.

Mr. Sakthivel said that according to the import statistics from the U.S., between January and June 2008, countries such as Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Nicaragua were increasing their knit exports to the U.S. and India and China were registering a negative growth. Similarly, exports to the European Union had also come down slightly.

“These two prime markets give us a signal that we have to still enhance our competitiveness and exploit our full potential to sustain and grow further,” he said.

Mr. Sakthivel pointed out that China was gradually losing its competitiveness and the prices of Chinese goods were increasing.

The business scenario in China was changing and it was unable to continue to produce low cost goods and export it.

“With this new-found opportunity, we can have a level-playing field in the global market and it may help us enhance our competitiveness.”

He urged the exporters to tap the niche market potential globally and one such opportunity was in the production of garments made of organic cotton.

One of the main concerns for the garment exports this year was the copious inflow of dollars into the country that had led to appreciation of rupee against the dollar. The Reserve Bank of India was intervening and repeatedly raising the Cash Reserve Ratio and Repo Rate, which was leading to the firming up of interest rates.

Economists, banks and internationally reputed financial consultants had predicted that the rupee would touch Rs. 36 against the dollar before the end of 2008. Hence, a number of exporters had gone in for forward booking and derivative deals. The movement of the rupee in the opposite direction had not given any desired benefit to the exporting units.

Input costs

Further, the input costs were spiralling leading to a 25 per cent to 30 per cent increase in manufacturing costs. “We have already made a representation to the Government to increase the duty drawback rates by two per cent, from 11 per cent to 13 per cent.”

Mr. Sakthivel urged the exporters to be more vigilant while going in for sub-contracting of orders, especially regarding child labour.

He mooted establishing an agency approved by the buyers to give a certificate saying that in the job working places no children were employed and that the units complied with the buyer requirements.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2008/08/22/stor...2253860500.htm
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Technical textile zone planned


GROWTH TRAJECTORY: Small and medium enterprises in the Tirupur region are set to flourish as a technical textiles manufacturing zone will come up near Tirupur.

TIRUPUR: The production of technical textiles is set to get a boost, with Hydra Consulting Services Private Limited, Bangalore, together with the Textiles Committee and the Knit Cloth Manufacturers Association, plans to open a ‘technical textiles manufacturing zone’ near here.

At present, India is importing $5 billion worth of technical textile products such as composite leather, sanitary napkins and diapers to meet the domestic demand, which has been growing at 8 per cent a year. So, the Rs.150-crore zone—planned to be established on 200 acres during the 11th Plan under the cluster development programme of the Textiles Committee—will be a boon for the small and medium enterprises in the region to switch from conventional textiles to value-added technical textiles.

To house 35 units

Sampath Kasirajan, Managing Director, Hydra Consulting Services, told The Hindu that the zone would house 35 small and medium units and have common facilities for research and development, prototyping and testing.

Hydra Consulting Services has launched a feasibility study to gauge the availability of raw materials, the readiness of market and the funds needed by the units to diversify into technical textiles. The Textiles Committee of the Union Ministry of Textiles, a strategic partner in the joint venture, will help the units get good market linkages.

Teams have been formed under D. Dhandapani, Deputy Director, and G. Venugopal, Cluster Development Executive, of the Textiles Committee, to launch capacity-building campaigns to help the units gear up for the project.

Ahill Ratinasamy, president of the Knit Cloth Manufacturers Association, views the project with great optimism.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2008/09/08/stor...0861070900.htm
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Costs, competition hit Tirupur textile exports

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Overseas sales of knitwear output of Tirupur, the town in Tamil Nadu known as a hub of India’s textile industry, are likely to grow no more than 5% in the year to next March, as competition from Asian rivals and higher production costs crimp local producers.

Raging battle: Units are battling higher fuel and raw materials costs, increased wages and labour shortage, accompanied by surging inflation. Tirupur’s knitwear exports fell 10% to Rs 9,950 crore in the year ended March, from Rs 11,000 crore in the previous fiscal year, mainly because of the rupee’s appreciation against the dollar that dented overseas revenue.
Exporters are struggling to attain 5% growth this year, said A. Sakthivel, president of the Tirupur Exporters’ Association, or TEA. That’s despite the rupee’s decline by some 15% this year to the mid-forties against the greenback that should make exports more competitive.

Knitwear units are battling higher costs of fuel and raw materials such as yarn, increased wage bills as inflation surged to a 16-year high and a shortage of skilled labour.

Adding to their woes, the Union government has announced an increase in the minimum support price for medium staple cotton to Rs2,500 a quintal, from Rs1,800-1,850 last year. It has also withdrawn a subsidy of 2% of interest on export credit and slashed duty drawback rates for cotton knitted garments from 11% to 8%. Duty drawbacks enable exporters to obtain a refund of customs duty.

Raja Shanmugham, managing director of Tirupur-based knitwear unit Warsaw International, said the average cost of production has risen by about 24% in the past three months.
Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia, which enjoy duty-free international trade owing to their status as underdeveloped nations, are beating Indian knitwear on price. Unscheduled power cuts in the state and a recent announcement of scheduled daily six-hour outages have also forced garment manufacturers to invest in captive power generation, pushing up energy costs by at least 250%, Shanmugham said. Since 1978, when exports began from Tirupur, the town has been a manufacturing centre for leading brands such as Nike, Adidas, Cutter and Buck, Wal-Mart and Van Heusen, among others. The hosiery units here use almost 25% of the 2.6 billion kg of cotton yarn produced in the country.
The textile town, with over 6,000 units engaged in knitting, dyeing, garment manufacturing, printing, embroidery and calendering (a shrinkage-reducing process), employs around 350,000 workers at an average daily wage of between Rs150 and Rs200. Those wages, though, haven’t stemmed the flow of labour to other industries, be it real estate, which pays between Rs250 and Rs350 a day, or services such as bill collections that are commission-based, said TEA’s Sakthivel. Workers from the southern Kerala districts of Theni, Kovilpatti and Ramanathapuram typically return to their villages during sowing and harvesting, creating a labour crunch.
Sakthivel estimated that the industry lacks 50,000 labourers at any given time. TEA has tied up with International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd to train young villagers to meet the shortfall, he said.
A shift in focus to artificial fibres using nylon to make sports and swim wear and increasing demand for garments made from organically grown cotton, and introduction of new fabric blends with jute can help the industry, says Sakthivel.
“There is a growing interest in Europe and the US for garments, especially for women and children, made from organically grown cotton,” he said.
The production of artificial polyester fibre and polyester filament yarn in India has been rising in the past few years, but a cut in excise duty from 16% to 8% was not fully passed on to the synthetic spinning sector. Scrapping the 5% import duty and 8% central excise are essential to create a level playing field for the synthetic sector in global trade, said K.V. Srinivasan, chairman of the South Indian Mills Association.
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Tirupur hospital to get a facelift


Awaiting renovation: The district headquarters hospital in Tirupur is all set to sport a new look.

Tirupur: The district headquarters hospital here will soon get a facelift. The Department of Health plans to expand infrastructure and strengthen the existing block at a cost of Rs 1.84 crore this year. Of the total outlay, Rs 1.35 crore earmarked under the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP) will be utilized to set up an administrative block, a maternity centre with 50 beds and facilities for improving disposal of medical wastes. The remaining amount will be used for repairing the main block. Mary Sugantha, Joint Director of Health Services said that once the proposed maternity centre was commissioned, the number of beds will go up to 90.

The expansion of facilities will increase the opportunities for institutional delivery; and thus reduce the Infant Mortality Rate considerably. Dr Sugantha added that plans were afoot to set up a 650-bedded block to offer advanced in-patient and out-patient treatment free-of-cost.

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Project report for compost yard to be ready soon


Safe disposal: Collection of garbage is set to improve with the setting up of a modern compost yard by Tirupur Corporation

Tirupur: The Corporation administration plans to come out with a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the ‘modern compost yard’ planned at Iduvai near here before December 31.

The DPR will be prepared with technical assistance from a private consulting agency to be selected from the list of 13 firms identified through a tendering process.

Corporation Commissioner M. Asokan told The Hindu that the modern compost yard would be set up on a 25-acre plot as part of efforts to strengthen the solid waste management (SWM) project being implemented in the city. “We are planning to commission the yard during the next financial year (2009-10),” Mr. Asokan said.

Salient features

Mayor K Selvaraj said the yard would be designed to handle 1,000 tonnes of solid waste a day projected to be generated from the Corporation limits in 2040, when the population was expected to touch 20 lakh.

At present 400 tonnes of waste were generated every day from the entire 52 wards spread over 27.19 sq km and having a population of 4.5 lakh.

The proposed yard would have landfill sites, a weigh bridge, live fence (greenery/greenbelt), water collection pond, service station, facilities for adoption of windrows technique to recycle the waste into manure and resting sheds for sanitary inspectors. “The manure produced will be sold commercially, while other inert materials will be land-filled safely,” Mr Selvaraj said.

The Corporation has obtained no objection certificates from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and Indian Air Force (since the yard comes within 20 km radius of air strip situated at Sulur Air Station) in advance to set up the yard.

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Tirupur dyeing units in dire straits

Tirupur: The dyeing units affiliated to Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) look to be in dire straits as their plea for financial assistance from the Central Government to offset the cost incurred by them to establish Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) remains unanswered till now.

Process begins


The dyers here are now in the process of establishing 12 CETPs and upgrading another eight existing ones at a total outlay of Rs. 798.81 crore to ensure zero discharge as stipulated by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

The Madras High Court has also directed the dyers to expedite the establishment of CETPs to prevent groundwater depletion and stop indiscriminate discharge of pollutants into the water bodies. DAT general secretary K. Krishnan told The Hindu that unless the Central Government came out with a special package, closure of dyeing units would become imminent as the cost of the project involved was huge.

“Since a majority of the dyeing units fall in the small-scale sector, DAT has been forced to raise 80 per cent of the outlay through commercial borrowings,” he added.

Promise


He pointed out that the Chief Minister had already announced on the floor of the Assembly that 15 per cent of the project cost would be borne by the state government, 25 per cent to be brought in by the industry and then requested the Centre to assist the dyers with grant.

“Any further delay in the allocation of the grant will lead to closure of units, which constitute an important link in the textile manufacturing chain,” he said.

Disaster


According to him, collapse of the dyeing sector will spell catastrophe to knitwear exports from the Tirupur cluster that generates about Rs 10,000 crore to the foreign exchequer.

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