The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) has demanded an immediate installation of RO (reverse osmosis) plants at the tannery zone in the Korangi industrial area to save billion dollar exports of leather and leather goods threatened by a potential lack of water, the basic raw material for the leather industry says the Pakistan Observer.

Chairman of the PTA (Southern Zone) Hamid A Zahoor said that regional Governor Sindh had released Rs44 million (US$7.1 million) from his special funds to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) for the laying of a water trunk main for the supply of five million gallons per day to the leather industry. So far, the KWSB did not released water in to the pipeline on a two-kilometer distance to the tannery zone.

“The pipeline is now rusting badly due to non-supply of water for the last two and half years,” he added. The PTA condemned the pathetic attitude of the KWSB for squandering precious resources without water supply to the cluster of leather industries.

The tannery zone has not been getting water from KWSB for over a decade and the only water source was underground wells that were drying up fast and now the industrial estate faced a drought like situation, said a PTA press release. RO plants committed by KWSB are yet to be installed, it said. Hamid appealed the Governor Sindh and Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Memon to come to the rescue and immediately install four RO plants in the tannery zone.