Calcutta, tanning district extension works get underway

The extension works of Calcutta tanning district have started eventually. Yesterday, Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister of Western Bengal, laid the first stone in the manufacturing plants bound to rise up in the Bantala Leather Complex. It is going to be the industrial hub of leather industry, which is growing around the Indian city.

Running away from Uttar Pradesh

The aim of the local council is to draw, into the cluster, entrepreneurs who are running away from other areas, most of all from Uttar Pradesh. In fact, here many of them decided to shut down their own company, despite exorbitant costs, and relocate their business. Otherwise, they should have waited for inspections, arranged by local government, to come to completion, before restarting their leather tanning activities, which have been at a standstill for 8 months.

And from Tamil Nadu as well

In addition to them, there will be some more coming from other districts. The Bantala Leather Complex currently extends across 202 acres: Banerjee allocated 70 more for further extension works. As reported by, new tanneries, formerly based in Uttar Pradesh, are going to occupy 60% of them; tanneries coming from Bengal will take 35% of the plots of land, while tanning plants currently located in Tamil Nadu will occupy 5% of them. Overall, taking into consideration both the new areas and the ones still vacant, the district is going to host 187 new tanneries: therefore, it will be the largest one in Asia.

New job opportunities

At present, in the region of Bantala, 385 tanneries and 40 leather goods plants are actively running; the industrial park hosts 20 manufacturing factories, while they are currently building 50 more. In eight of them, they have already installed all machinery: they are just waiting for electricity to power up. Furthermore, as reported by, at the moment 220 tanneries and 50 leather goods plants are waiting for the West Bengal Pollution Control Board to give no impediment authorization, with regard to sewage assessment. The government expects the new leather district to create around 10,000 new jobs overall.


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