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Kanpur: The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has sought permission from the State Government for the closure of 11 tanneries in the city.
According to the Board, despite repeated warnings, these tanneries have failed to install primary treatment plants in their units and have continued to discharge polluted water in the Ganga.
“Since Magh Mela is approaching and in this fair thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the Ganga on the occasion of Makar Sakranti, during this time polluted water from tanneries should not be discharged in the river,” Pollution Control Board Regional Officer Radhey Shyam said.
Five tanneries in Jajmau area were closed earlier for not installing treatment plants and for continuous discharge of polluted water in the river, he said.
Members of the Small Tanners Association have accused the Board of wrongly blaming the tanners of discharging untreated water in the river. - PTI
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