Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday unveiled a slew of new projects at Calcutta Leather Complex (CLC) in Bantala, Asia’s largest integrated leather complex, and handed over 187 plots to businessmen from Chennai and Kanpur for setting up tanneries, taking its total number to 770. The chief minister said the government expects as much as Rs 80,000 crore will be invested in the complex.
Banerjee also insisted that multiple sops will be extended to Kanpur businessmen willing to set up tanneries at CLC.
“In the coming years, this complex will generate direct employment for 5,00,000 people and become the world’s most technologically advanced integrated leather complex. We are going to extend special incentives to those who have suffered losses in Kanpur and want to set up base in Bantala. Earlier, many businessmen had approached me after suffering losses during demonetisation. We had helped them,” she said.
The CM also inaugurated a leather goods park and laid the foundation stone for a footwear park. “We will manufacture international quality bags and footwear in Bantala which will have demand across the world. We already have the highest industrial glove maker unit in Bantala,” she added.
In the mid-1990s, the erstwhile Left Front government had acquired 1100 acres in Bantala to set up Asia’s largest integrated leather complex with centralised effluent treatment plant and relocated almost 600 tanneries from the Topsia, Tangra and Tiljala to that area. Land at the east Kolkata neighbourhood was also allotted to IT companies, but the present government decided to shift them to New Town after a rise in demand for plots to set up tanneries. Three big-ticket investors from Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Bengal have been allotted land in CLC during the Bengal Global Business Summit in February. One of the biggest success stories of CLC has been the treatment of effluent generated by tanneries. Foundation stone has been laid for two more common effluent treatment plants (CETP) to cater to tanneries coming up in the next two years. “These CETPs are coming up on five acres of land,” said an official of CLC.
The CM said more than 76,000 trees have been planted inside the CLC. “I will request all to plant more trees so that the environment is not harmed.”
Source: Times of India