Kanpur, Aug. 26 (ANI): The leather tanning industry in Kanpur is going through a tough time as it faces closure after coming under the scanner of the pollution control board.
Many of the total 412 factories were shut down due to recession, and now the pollution board's hammer threatens to drive the industry on the verge of extinction.
The workers fear loosing their livelihood.
"The work is already less and if the tanneries close down labourers will be out of work. Thousands of workers will loose their livelihood," said Munna, a labourer.
On their part, the owners of tanneries like Bade Haazi, requested the government to look into the matter.
"This is a industry which is giving valuable foreign exchange to the country and besides this its giving employment to the people we request the government to look into the matter and see how many loose their employment and will become dependent if the tannery units close down," said Haazi.
Earlier, leather and products worth 2750 million rupees were exported from Kanpur, but now the exports have gone down to just 25 percent during the last few months. (ANI)