Kanpur: The Uttar Pradesh government has
decided that no new leather tannery be allowed to come up in
Jajmau suburb and warned the existing 418 tanneries against
disposing of effluents into the river Ganges, secretary of a
leading industries` association in the town said here today.
"The government in a meeting held last week between state
environment department officials, UPLA representatives and
Pollution Control Board`s members, has decided that, from now
on, no new leather tannery would be allowed to come up in
Jajmau, Uttar Pradesh Leather Industries Association`s (UPLA)
Secretary Imran Siddique said.
Around 50,000 labourers and Rs 2,500-crore leather and
leather goods industry are likely to be affected by the
decision, according to those involved in the industry.
Taking note of rising pollution, the district authorities
in April had ordered 65 `most polluting` tannery owners to
immediately shift their units in Unnao, outside Kanpur. The
association has no objection to this decision, Siddique, who
was also present in the meeting, said.
The district authorities had also ordered Uttar Pradesh
State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) to provide
land for setting up the tanneries in Unnao.
MP from Unnao, Annu Tandon, however, said she would
oppose any move of the state government to shift tanneries
from Kanpur to Unnao.