Monday, November 12, 2007

Policy View: Industrial Pollution in Tiruppur

Water audit for industries sought

The following step must be immediately implemented in Thiruppur and Coimbatore and surrounding areas:

Union Minister for Water Resources Santosh Mohan Deb once favoured water auditing for industries, hotels and housing societies.

Addressing a seminar on "Industry's Role in Water Conservation and Distribution" organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he underscored the important role industry must play in creating mass awareness in conservation and preservation of water resources. They should take up and support research programmes directed towards development of techniques and technology to bring in higher levels of efficiency. He also expressed over depletion of groundwater levels.

Planning Commission Member Kirit Parikh stressed the need to "sort out" the issue of groundwater rights. He asked industry to focus on conservation of water and enhance its quality. He urged business groups to invest in rural and urban water management and introduce low-cost technology for water purification. FICCI president Onkar S. Kanwar called for rationalisation of water tariffs, effective regulatory and institutional frameworks, independent contracts and guidance manual for public-private partnerships and clear guidelines for selection of private players. (It is very necessary to curb the activity of industrial units in the Western Tamilnadu for justifying water balance in the future

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