Sunday, October 21, 2012
From Print Edition
KARACHI: Exports of leather industry have been threatened seriously due to suspension of water supply in the Tannery Zone of Korangi Industrial Area, according to a statement on Saturday.
Amanullah Aftab, chairman of Pakistan Tanners Association (South Zone), has expressed concern that the largest national cluster of exporting leather and leather made-up units, is being starved of water due to suspension of water supply through tankers.
The local tanneries are totally dependent on water supply through tankers in the absence of water supply from the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) for years.
“Now, since hydrants have been closed by KW&SB, the tanneries are feeling being stifled for want of water,” said Aftab.
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 organisations and the tanneries would require water in abundance for their processing, he said.
Aftab warned that if the water is not supplied by the KW&SB, the hides and skins worth millions of rupees may be destroyed.
The water intensive tanneries are being threatened to default in the 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 jobs due to closure of units and lower production in the absence of water, which is the main input in this industry, he said.
Aftab appealed Dr Ishratul Ibad, Sindh governor, to order Karachi Water and Sewerage Board to make some arrangements of water supply for tanneries whether it is through pipeline or tankers.