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Suspension of water supply threatened leather exports

Karachi, October 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): Exports of leather industry have been threatened seriously due to suspension of water supply in Tannery Zone of Korangi Industrial Area.


The Chairman of Pakistan Tanners Association (S.Z), Amanullah Aftab in a press statement has expressed deep concern that the largest national cluster of exporting leather and leather made-up units located on Sector 7/A, KIA, is being starved of water due to suspension of water supply through tankers.


The local tanneries are totally dependent on supply of water through tankers in absence of water supply from KW and SB for years. “Now since hydrants have beenclosed by KW and SB, the tanneries are feeling being stifled for want of water”, Aftab said.


He warned that the peak season of tanneries has already begun and during Eidul Azha, the largest chunk of hides and skins would be brought to this zone by the charity organizations and the tanneries would require water in abundance for their processing. He further warned that if the water is not supplied by the KWSB, the hides and skins worth crores of rupees may be destroyed.


Aftab said that he water intensive tanneries are being threatened to default in shipment of leather to customers abroad on stipulated delivery dates since it will not be ready in time for want of water, he said adding that the workers may also gradually lose job due to closure of units and lower production in absence of water which is the main input in this industry, he added. He appealed to the Governor Sindh, Dr Ishrat ul Ebad to order KW and SB to make some arrangements of supply of water for tanneries whether it is through pipeline or tankers.
For more information, contact:
Moinuddin Quraishi
Pakistan Tanners Association
46-C, 21st Commercial Street,
Phase II, Extn., Defence Housing Suthority,
Karachi-75500 –
Tel: +92-21-35880180, 35880184, 35899819,
Fax: 92-21-35880093
Email: info@pakistantanners.org

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