THE DYING INDUSTRY IN TAMIL NADU
3rd April 2013, Orathuppulayam, Tamil Nadu, India. Mr Uday Kumar, President of the Noyal River Dyeing Waters Affected Farmers Association pictured on the wall of the Orathuppulayam dam and reservoir on the 3rd April 2013. Kumar of Kurmund Village once a farmer says he gave up farming after polluted water released from the dam spoiled his land, he now makes his living as a contractor hiring out his JCB excavator. Built in the 80's the Orathuppulayam dam was intended to assist farm irrigation but it backfired when toxic effluent from local Tirupur dying factories flowed in and was released onto surrounding farmland causing widespread ecological damage putting many farmers out of business.
Since the explosion of the dyeing industry in Tamil Nadu between 1986 and 1989 when factory numbers soared from 99 to 450 the state has seen dramatic degradation of its rivers and water sources. Local activism continues to monitor and highlight the ongoing environmental impact
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