Member of Parliament (Tirupur) V. Sathyabama recently met various Union Ministers to reiterate the need for mandatory pan-India implementation of the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norms followed only in the wet processing segment of apparel production chain in Tirupur knitwear cluster.
In the representations given to Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, Ms. Sathyabama has said that the enforcement of ZLD norms in Tirupur knitwear cluster had resulted in reducing the environmental pollution and ensured recycling of the used water. “Since the implementation of ZLD norms is not mandatory for other textile clusters in the country, cost of wet processing for the apparel manufacturers in those clusters naturally comes down by almost 15 %. The situation thus places Tirupur apparel manufacturers at a disadvantage when it comes to cost-competitiveness”, she said.
The MP wanted mandatory implementation of ZLD norms across the country for providing a level playing field for Tirupur businessmen and also for protection of environment.