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Leather Complex to get fresh lease of life under
2018/2/5 16:55:32 Source: Tribune News Service Author: 点击率:

Providing a fresh lease of life to the almost dead leather complex in the city, the first integrated township of leather industry in India, two common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) will be added under the smart city project to ensure the proper treatment of effluents in the complex.

Smart City CEO Girish Dayalan said with an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore to be released under the smart city project, a new CETP would be built along with upgrading the existing CETP with 5MLD capacity in the leather complex.

“The move will revive the leather complex housing over 361 units providing employment to over 75,000 persons through direct and indirect recruitment. Besides, it will address pollution concerns in the region,” said Dayalan.

While the existing 5MLD plant will be upgraded to 6.5 MLD with an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore, an additional CETP with an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore will be built to provide a safe working environment inside the complex.

The project will be carried out with support from the Central Government funds which will contribute over 70 per cent of the total cost. Out of the total cost of the Rs 60 crore, the smart city company will contribute Rs 18 crore from its funds. While Rs 3 crore will be added to the Central Government share of Rs 7 crores to upgrade the existing 5MLD plant, smart city will be putting Rs 15 crore to the central government share of Rs 35 crore to build a new CETP in the complex.

While the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had already approved the plan and had agreed to contribute 70 per cent of the share, the project was hanging in air due to the unavailability of state share for the past few years.

Though Dayalan forwarded a proposal to the Central Government expressing willingness to contribute 30 per cent of the state share from smart city funds, the government refused the proposal by calling smart city funds as the share released by the government.

However, at a recent meeting taken by the Union Minister for Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri, Dayalan convinced the minister to consider the funds as the state government share since it has already been released to the Jalandhar smart city project, following which he was given a verbal sanction by the minister.

“The minister was kind enough to accept our request to consider smart city funds as our own share. The move will help save livelihood of many people besides rejuvenating the leather industry as well as to address the pollution concern in the area,” said Dayalan.

He added that at present the leather export industry in Jalandhar is around 250 crore, but with the move, it is expected to touch around 500 crore turnover.

An overview of Jalandhar leather industry

The leather Complex is the first integrated township in India where the CETP was set up first and industry came thereafter to produce 2 lac sq. ft. finished leather per day. Currently, it has 61 wet area units & about other 300 units.

Employment – 25,000 direct workmen & 50,000 workforce indirectly.

It has two modules of CETP - 1.5 MLD – non-operative and 5 MLD - was built in 2010 at the cost of Rs.18 crore (50 per cent by Govt of India and 50 per cent by Govt of Punjab). It is functional and is running @ 3 MLD per day.

The wet area units’ capacity is working @ 50% after sealing by PPCB way back in year 2014 – resulting in loss of revenues and employment.

CETP of 5 MLD capacity due for upgrade

Requirement: Upgraded existing plant of 5 MLD to 6.5 MLD (by investing about Rs 10 crore).

Economic benefit: Steep rise in exports/indirect exports by about 40-50 per cent. Anticipated increase in annual turnover from the existing Rs 250 cr to about Rs 700-800 cr.

Environmental benefit: It will go a long way to meet environmental challenges on a sustainable basis. International prospective buyers will also be attracted towards Jalandhar Leather Cluster because of the total safe working environment.

Additional CETP of 5 MLD (Rs 50 crore) can also be planned at the land available in the battery limits of the CETP. It will help for futuristic planning.

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