Surat : At a time when the air quality index (AQI) in the diamond city is deteriorating day-by-day with the phenomenal increase in air pollution levels, a shocking information has surfaced from the country’s largest man-made fibre (MMF) sector.
In a survey, jointly conducted by government agencies and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), as many as 242 illegal textile dyeing and printing mills were found operating in the SMC limits without GST registration and approval from the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB).
Following complaint received by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the government ordered a detailed survey of the textile mills operating in the city. The survey was conducted by the SMC, GPCB, GST department, District Industries Centre (DIC) and other government agencies.
It was found that about 242 textile dyeing and printing mills are illegally operating in the city limits including the areas such as Udhana, Katargam, Central Zone, Varachha and Limbayat without GST registration and license to operate from the GPCB.
To top it all, these dyeing mill owners were found without the registration of ESI, PF, Labour Act, NOC etc. These illegal textile mills have been discharging hazardous waste water into the creeks and municipal storm drainage lines.
MHS Shaikh, an environmentalist from the city told TBT, “It is not just the textile mills, even the high speed weaving units are operating illegally in Surat. The government agencies are aware of the illegal business going on in the city, but they were turning deaf ears. It was after the government ordered survey, the truth was revealed”