Authorities to book owners of premises let out for dyeing units

Continuing the crackdown on illegal dyeing units operating in the city, the authorities have threatened to book the owners of premises let out for the units and take action as per law.

A joint operation carried out by officials from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and the police sealed two dyeing units near the Ring Road in Bogadi on the outskirts of Mysuru on Wednesday, taking the total number of such illegal units closed down in the city to six.

“Out of the eight dyeing units in the city, we have so far sealed six. We will close the remaining two also soon”, said KSPCB officer B.M. Prakash after Wednesday’s joint operation.

Though both the units were deserted as the businessmen and their employees had fled, the premises were sealed and cases were booked under different provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The businessmen, who were from outside the State, had taken away the machinery and other equipment from the premises.

Describing the discharge from the dyeing units as “highly hazardous”, Mr. Prakash said the units were polluting the environment.

Huge rent

“Running such units was not possible without the nexus of locals. The owners of the rented places were collecting a huge rent and turning a blind eye to the discharge of large volumes of polluting effluents.”

However, he said the damage to the environment was limited to the extent that the illegal dyeing activity was carried out in an urban area with underground drainage system.

“The effluents will mix with the sewage and become diluted and will be less hazardous to an extent.”

The six premises were sealed were in different parts of the city and cases were booked in Udayagiri, Metagalli and N.R. Mohalla police stations.

The authorities will be closing down the two that are situated in Bannimantap Industrial Area shortly.

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