OF LATE, some industrialists and
planners have started including environmental aspects on their agenda. The
Madras-based Central Leather Research
Institute (CLRI) has designed a Rs 150-
crore package to look into short- and
long-term measures to tackle environmental pollution caused by tanneries in
North Arcot district of Tamil Nadu.
Under the plan, a pipeline will be
laid from Vaniyampadi to a location
south of Mahabalipuram to carry water
treated to internationally approved
'marine standards' from the tanneries
into the sea.
The project will encompass all 22 common effluent treatment plants and the 50 individual effluent treatment plants in the area. These plants cover about 550 tanneries located in the district. CLRI had constituted a task force to look into the environmental problems faced by the industry as both importers and pollution control authorities pressurised them to adhere to international environmental standards. According to the acting director T Ramasami, CLRI, being the largest such institute in the world, would emerge as a "technology resource capital of the world".
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