Claiming that the Noyyal was unpolluted, Environment Minister K C Karuppannan on Sunday threatened industrialists discharging untreated effluent into the river with Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) -- a draconian Act repealed in 1977 by the Janata government.
The minister was here to inaugurate an Anganwadi built at a cost ofRs 8.70 lakh at Kavundapadipudhur in Bhavani segment. His statements came in response to posers on the pollution problem in the Noyyal and Bhavani rivers caused by the discharge of effluent into the water bodies by dyeing units. He was also asked if any action had been taken on the paper board making units at Bhavanisagar for polluting land and watercourses.यह भी पढ़ें: तीन राज्यों में चुनाव से ठीक पहले मोहन भागवत ने फिर फोड़ा आरक्षण बम
Karuppannan claimed that the river was being monitored round the clock and he was 100 per cent sure of there is no pollution there. Bhavani river too is being monitored, he added.
Contrary to the complaints of farmers that paper board units were ruining their land by letting out effluent, the minister said that the discharge was actually beneficial for them.