Chennai, Jan 7: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswmai on Monday disagreed with Opposition Congress' views for closing down the TCPL plant at Karaikudi in Sivaganga district and said new factories were required for the development of the State's economy.
Replying to Congress Floor leader K R Ramasamy's demand in the State Assembly seeking to close down the plant on the ground that locals were affected due to discharge of effluents, the Chief Minister said the Minister concerned had given a detailed reply that if there was any shortcomings in the plant, it could be rectified.
Stating that the plant has been in existence for several years and has not come up now, Mr Palaniswami said following complaints that locals were affected due to discharge of the effluents, the Minister visited the spot and inspected it.
'If the inspection revealed anything like Mr Ramasamy said, it can be corrected to ensure that the plant continued to function', he added.
Mr Palaniswami said only if more new plants were set up, the state's economy would progress and the youth would get jobs.
'Instead of closing down the plant, it will be fine if Mr Ramasamy gives suggestions on rectifying the shortcomings in the plant', he added.
The TCPL plant manufactures Sodium Hydrosulphite (SHS), with technical know-how from the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, through the unique Sodium Formate Route.
The Sodium Hydrosulphite has a very wide application in the industries like textiles, jaggery, pharmaceuticals and ceramics.UNI