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Italy knowhow for Sandila, Kanpur leather clusters

‘Italian expertise and experience in successfully managing mega leather clusters and latest technology would soon be available to help set up two mega leather clusters at Sandila and Kanpur,’ informed Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) Anil Kumar Gupta.

He said that an Italian delegation from the leather industry would visit the state in the first week of December in this connection. The Commissioner recently returned from Italy after a four-day study tour of leather industrial units and clusters in Italy.

Facilitated by Mario Pucchi of the Italian Leather Council in Vigevano and the Indian embassy, the state delegation visited tanneries and effluent treatment plants and held extensive meetings with officials of the Italian Leather Council. A fully developed leather cluster comprising of 300 tanneries at Vigevano was also on the itinerary.

Following on the strategy of UP government to publicise the new industrial policy initiatives abroad, a high level official team led by Anil Kumar Gupta studied various models of leather cluster development during the visit to Italy.

Apart from the infrastructure & industrial development commissioner, the delegation comprised of Principal Secretary (Small Scale Industries) Mukul Singhal, Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) Managing Director Manoj Singh and Secretary to the Chief Minister Alok Kumar.

Last month UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav gave in-principle approval for the development of two green-field Mega Leather Cluster (MLC) projects at Sandila in Hardoi and at Ramaipur in Kanpur.

The Chief Minister had directed Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) to make land available for these projects. The leather clusters, which are proposed to be equipped with world-class infrastructure and cutting-edge technology, are expected to bring in an investment of around Rs 2,000 crore.

The integrated leather parks would be developed through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) promoted by leather entrepreneurs under a Union government scheme for the development of mega leather clusters.
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