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Tamil Nadu Villagers Oppose Steel Plant Near Dharapuram

Steel News - Published on Tue, 01 Oct 2019

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TOI reported that while a few villagers welcomed the move to set up a private alloy and steel plant at Vadugapalayam in the district, many villagers opposed it during a public hearing held in Dharapuram on Thursday. The public hearing was chaired by collector K Vijayakarthikeyan in the presence of officials from the district administration and Tamil Nadu pollution control. The private steel company has proposed to set up the plant on five acres in Vadugapalayam panchayat. It has sought environmental clearance from the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority. Villagers who supported setting up of the industrial unit reasoned that the unit would bring in more employment opportunities for people in the region. But villagers who opposed the unit said that the unit may draw more groundwater and cause air pollution.

Tirupur south TNPCB district environmental engineer A M Shanmugam said that “Villagers said since groundwater was already scarce in the region, establishment of the unit may deplete the groundwater table further. But the plant, which was meant to convert iron scrap into steel rods and other steel structures, may not need much water. Moreover, the plant would have to install special machines and filters to control the air pollution. Such plants have been functioning in various places already.”

However, the authorities said they have recorded the public views about the plant, and the report will be forwarded to SEIAA, which would decide on the Environmental Impact Assessment clearance, and the government would take a final call on the license.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Tue, 01 Oct 2019
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