Report on Jajmau tanneries to be sent to CRLI

A committee constituted by the district administration on the directives of the apex court has completed physical verification of many as 408 tanneries operating in Jajmau area.

District magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma on Wednesday informed that report of the physical verification would be sent to Central Leather Research Institute (CRLI) in Chennai which would inform to National Green Tribunal (NGT) and inform about the quantity of tannery waste being discharged into the Ganga.

The report would also be sent to the Central government which would prepare a foolproof strategy to check tannery discharge in the river. The district administration was waiting the verdict of the NGT. Till then the closure of tanneries has been suspended, he added.

A 10-member committee under the district magistrate was constituted to collect data and investigate Jajmau tanneries in the first week of this month. The last physical verification of tanneries had taken place in 2012. And as the administration was using that figure till now, there was a confusion about their numbers. While some said there were 350 tanneries, others maintained there were 402 tanneries in all in the Jajmau area.

The constituted team had to submit its report by November 10.

The NGT, in its last meeting which had held in October, had taken a tough stand on pollution control in the Ganga. In a meeting which was held under the chairmanship of Justice Swatantra Kumar, judge NGT, the chairman had directed to submit a report after inspecting tanneries of Kanpur and had asked to constitute a committee under the district magistrate.

In that meeting, attorney general of UP, principal secretary environment and other officials were also present.

Members of the new committee are representatives of district administration, police, Kesco, Central Leather Research Institute, municipal corporation, Central Pollution Control Board, UP Pollution Control Board and Jajmau Tannery Association.

Meanwhile, NGT too constituted a committee in which members of the UP Pollution Control Board and Uttrakhand and professors of IIT-Kanpur were included. This committee would collect data and samples of tannery and paper mills discharge in the river. The report would be analyzed by IITs at Kanpur and Delhi and the Central Pollution Control Board experts.

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