To prevent the potential discharge of industrial effluents in river Ganga, the operational capacity of Kanpur leather tanneries, post lockdown have been cut off by 50% by the green panel of Uttar Pradesh.

The UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued a roster for 262 functional tanneries in Kanpur, under which half of the units would operate during the first fortnight of the month, while the remaining would operate in the second fortnight.

The pollution watchdog took this step in wake of the sudden “overflow” situation of the effluent treatment plant and the pumping stations in Kanpur after the tanneries were allowed to operate post-lockdown last month.

UPPCB was apprehensive that the effluents situation could deteriorate and overload the four pumping stations apart from the 36 million litres per day (MLD) capacity of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Jajmau industrial area in Kanpur.

In the district of Kanpur and Unnao the Kanpur leather industry provides both direct and indirect employment to a million people. The industry includes leather goods manufacturing and tanneries which are estimated at about rupees 12000 crores. Profits worth rupees 6000 crores are estimated to be generated by the cluster by exporting to the gulf, countries in Europe and China. However such estimates have taken a blow due to the lockdown.

When the fresh UPPCB directive was slapped on them, they were still trying to resume operations after the abrupt lockdown, Small Tanners’ Association member Nayyar Jamal told Business Standard.

While the roster plan has already been implemented, the Board officials are now storming to make sure that the tanneries are functioning exactly according to the rotation timetable.


Rawat, V. S. (2020, June 12). Post lockdown, UP green panel shuts 50% capacity of Kanpur tanneries. Retrieved from

Author: moosa.nayeem