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UP leather industry staring at another stumbling block, gets a 'raw' deal

The Yogi government has ordered tanneries in Kanpur for total shutdown for three months between December 15 and March 15 to arrest the flow of effluents in river Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019

The beleaguered Uttar Pradesh leather industry, which had started to take baby steps after recovering from severe raw hide shortage last year following closure of illegal abattoirs, is staring at another stumbling block that threatens to shake its very foundation.

The Yogi Adityanath government has ordered tanneries in Kanpur, a major leather processing hub generating annual economy of about Rs 120 billion, for total shutdown for three months between December 15 and March 15 to arrest the flow of effluents in river Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayag, Allahabad.

The closure also means that the leather exporters would also be deprived of benefitting from higher earnings owing to the devaluating Indian currency.

Earlier, a good number of tanneries had been closed down following the National Gree…

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