A new stop for tanning activities in Jaimau. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has ruled that all activities for 95 tanneries in the district of Kanpur, India, is to shut down indefinitely. The stop was decided due to the overload of a pumping station of the water treatment system. A problem that, in terms, was created by the fact that companies are dumping wastewater directly into sewers for civilians.
Authorities imposed a temporary shut down of activities via an official statement made on March 19th, 2021. The UPPCB ordered a stop to all electricity and water supply to tanneries, which will now also have to install closed-circuit surveillance before 30 days from the ordinance and send reports to the government to confirm their compliance. On Thursday March 25th, authorities completely cut the water and electrical supply.
According to local authorities, as reported by timesofindia.indiatimes.com, the companies tied to the number 3 pumping station of the water treatment plant, which is the only filter before the water ends up in the Ganges river, have allegedly dumped their waste water into sewers for civilian use. As a consequence, the filtering line became overloaded. “The officials don’t even hear our versions and closure order is issued”, commented Firoz Alam, a local tanner. The arbitrary decision, attack the tanners, is confirmed by the fact that tanneries have a measuring system in place to account for the wastewater. These tools, that being said, don’t monitor activities continuously throughout the 24 hours of the day.