Kanpur, Feb 17 (IANS) The Regional Pollution Control Board of Uttar Pradesh has ordered 248 tanneries in Jajmau area of Kanpur to stop their operations from February 19 till further orders, without assigning any reason.
The tanneries, which remained closed for a period of 13 months on the charge of polluting Ganga, were allowed to start production on December 20 for two months only.
S.B. Franklin, regional pollution control board officer, said the time limit of two months is expiring on February 19.
Feroz Alam of Small Tanners’ Association said that on December 20 last year, the government, while granting permission to run the units with half capacity, had also stated that the tanners would be allowed to run their units till next year if they followed the necessary norms and standards fixed by the pollution control board.
He said, “During the last two months, not a single notice was issued to any tannery by the regional pollution control board because the tanneries did not flout the norms set by it.”
He said that the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) had not given any reason for the closure order now.
Aftab Alam, a leather exporter, said the closure order would not only damage the business image of tanneries but would affect leather export too.
He said the tanneries which have got orders from foreign companies would suffer if they failed to supply the goods in time.
The tanners would also face problems in getting new orders in future, he added.