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Tough times for Uttar Pradesh tanners

According to local media reports a sombre mood prevails among the tanners of Uttar Pradesh these days. Pollution problems and months of long lockdowns over two consecutive years have adversely affected the leather industry in the state. The tanneries are also reported to be losing business to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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95 Indian tanneries ordered to close due to overflow

India’s Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has ordered the closure of 95 tanneries in the Jajmau area of Kanpur with immediate effect as Pumping Station Number 3 and the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) are overflowing.

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Kanpur tannery closures magnify drop in leather exports

After over a year of disruption, Kanpur’s tannery output has contributed negatively to India’s overall finished leather exports. Nationally exports have fallen by nearly 29% between April-August 2019 compared with the corresponding period in the last financial year 2018-19.

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More Kanpur tanneries reopen

In what is considered a vital lifeline to Kanpur’s leather industry, 73 more tanneries have been allowed to resume operations by the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB). Last week, the board had given permission for 28 tanneries to reopen. Following the order, 101 out of 267 tanneries which faced indefinite closure will now be operational.

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Authorities say domestic sewage still polluting Ganges

As the 249 registered tanneries located in the industrial district of Jajmau, Kanpur, were ordered shut, or allowed to operate in reduced capacity during Kumbh Mela, some tannery owners are allegedly ‘too scared’ to go to court or have to rely on the inadequate infrastructure set up by the Government to discharge effluents.

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Brexit to hurt Indian leather exporters

So far used as a strategic hub by Indian leather goods’ exporters to distribute their products in Europe, the UK’s separation from the EU is said to have a direct impact on the flow of distribution and raise costs.

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