Good news for Kanpur tanneries: Shutdown lifted
Ban on over 200 tanneries in Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) for five months starting November 2018 ahead of Kumbh Mela 2019 rendered many workers jobless during the period. The protracted ban timeline till June this year further mounted the worries of leather manufacturers and tanners, thus forcing them to relocate to other regions such as West Bengal.
In a recent decision taken by UP government, the legal tanneries have been permitted to carry out operations in the city. Meanwhile, a special committee headed by State Minister Satish Mahana has also recommended opening of Kanpur tanneries which are lying closed.
Additionally, the State government has further decided to set up a separate 20 MLD treatment plant at Jajmau in Kanpur to ensure that the tannery waste is not released directly into the Ganga. A Rs 617 crore project approved in August last year and to be funded under the Centre’s Namami Gange (National Mission for Clean Ganga) programme, to address concerns relating to discharge of wastewater into the Ganga, would be used for the development of CETP.
Of this, Rs 480 crore will be used to set up 20 MLD treatment plant while the remaining amount will be used for the maintenance of the plant
A special purpose vehicle (SPV) is in place and the process of setting up a separate treatment plant is underway said District magistrate of Kanpur, Vijay Vishwas Pant.
The treatment plant to be set up would be as per the standards of the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) which will ensure that there are no further closing down of tanneries. “UP Jal Nigam will transfer land for the treatment plant to the SPV which has been named as Jajmau tannery effluent treatment association,” further informed Pant, also the Chairman of the SPV.
SPV’s first meeting also took place recently, attended by senior officers of the district administration and office-bearers of tanneries’ associations, including Firoz Alam and Hafizur Rehman. The company which will set up the treatment plant will give a presentation of the detailed project report (DPR) before the chairman and directors next week.