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Lend us a helping hand, Leather Industry urges Government

Lend us a helping hand, Leather Industry urges Government

Vellore accounts for 30 per cent of leather exports in the country and stakeholders want the government to play a bigger role in improving the sector.— File Photo: D.Gopalakrishnan
The leather industry in Vellore district is one of the largest in the country, and it is looking to the State government for help with resources and give a boost to the infrastructure.
Areas in Vellore district, particularly Ranipet, Melvisharam, Ambur and Vaniyambadi, are home to hundreds of leather manufacturing units. Nationally, if the whole State accounts for 45 per cent of leather exports, Vellore’s share stands at 30 per cent, according to M. Rafeeque Ahmed, chairman of Council for Leather Exports.
“When it comes to leather exports, Vellore is the largest contributing district. One of the biggest problems faced by the sector here is environment related. In many States, the government contributes to enable leather industries to adopt and implement a zero-liquid discharge system,” he says.
While industries get funding from the Centre for the implementation of the system, the Tamil Nadu government, Mr. Ahmed says, should contribute funds for bringing in a permanent solution.
Another crucial requirement for the leather sector is continuous power supply. To boost exports, the State government should intervene and get the Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated expressway built fast, he adds.
“The works have been stalled for nearly five years. If this is completed, there will be 24-hour movement of container lorries. Presently, lorries are allowed into the port after 10 p.m. and this is leading to queuing of vehicles. The project will breathe life into the port.”
Water shortage
S. Faiyaz Ahmed, honorary secretary of Ambur Tanners Association, also insists that the government should invest in the sector. “We are facing a water shortage in Vellore. We recycle processed water and reuse it. Currently, we are able to recycle 70 per cent water, and want to take this to 90 per cent. This requires a lot of investment, and we need the State government’s investment to take this forward.”
Of the total exports, Vellore alone accounts for Rs. 5,000-Rs. 6000 crore worth of products.
“Many foreigners visit places such as Ranipet, Ambur and Vaniyambadi. The municipalities do not have sewage treatment plants and sewage overflows onto the roads in many areas, and this does not give a good impression,” he says. The government, Mr. Faiyaz Ahmed adds, should provide special attention for towns that generate employment and foreign exchange and establish proper infrastructure such as STPs and roads.
According to him, the town of Ambur contributes Rs. 14 crore annually to the Employees’ State Insurance Scheme. But, the people here do not get to enjoy the benefits.
“Only two ESI hospitals in the State — at Chennai and Salem — performed major surgeries,” he points out. “The ESI dispensary at Ambur should be upgraded and equipped to perform major surgeries.”
 Source: THE HINDU

Treated Water Supply For Vellore Corporation And 11 Municipalities From April Second Week

Drinking water will be supplied to Vellore Corporation and the surrounding village panchayats from the second week of April, according to R. Nanthagopal, Collector of Vellore District.
Water will be pumped from the Cauvery River near Chekkanur Barrage downstream of Mettur Dam and treated at a plant at Thottilpatti village near Mettur in Salem district under the Rs.1,295-crore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme (CWSS). The Collector, along with School Education Minister K.C. Veeramani, inspected the pipeline, from which Cauvery water flowed from the pipeline into the Palar River, at Venkatapuram, in Pudu Vasur village panchayat near here on Saturday.

Talking to newspersons, Mr. Nanthagopal said that the trial run of CWSS commenced on March 26, with the raw water reaching Kodiyur near Jolarpet. “During the trial run, we are cleaning the overhead tanks and the pipelines which have become dirty and silted up. Once the trial run with raw water is over, treated water would be released into the pipelines from Tirupattur up to Vellore, benefiting the people from the second week of April,” he said.
The Collector said that when completed, the CWSS would benefit 15 lakh persons in Vellore Corporation, 11 municipalities (Tirupattur, Jolarpet, Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Pernambut, Gudiyatham, Melvisharam, Arcot, Ranipet, Walajapet and Arakkonam), five town panchayats (Natrampalli, Udayendram, Alangayam, Odugathur and Pallikonda) and 944 rural habitations in 14 panchayat unions.
Replying to a question, Mr. Nanthagopal said that treated water would be released only up to Vellore in the second week of April.
After cleaning the tanks and pipelines, water would be released to areas between Vellore and Arakkonam 10 days after the release in Vellore, possibly before the end of April, he said.
Mr. Veeramani said people of Tirupattur, Ambur and Vaniyambadi have already started using the water released under CWSS after the trial run commenced last week.
Asked about the agitation proposed to be conducted by the DMK in Vellore under the president ship of DMK Treasurer M.K. Stalin on Monday to demand the expeditious completion of the works connected with the CWSS, the Minister said that the proposed agitation was a ‘cheap publicity stunt’ of the DMK.