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Tanneries to close during Hindu festival to avoid pollution

Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has directed the tannery owners in the city to cease production for 15 days in the wake of the 'Megh Mela' festival. It was mutually decided to shut the tanneries of the city till Mahashivratri in a meeting on January 2, so that the effluent from the tanneries do not pollute Ganga river and harm the devotees, T U Khan, Kanpur regional director of UPPCB has said.