Work on the all-important Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) – on which depends the obligatory Leather Working Group (LWG) certificate, required to export hides globally – at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) is expected to be completed soon, as per media reports.
It may be mentioned here that the project which was to complete in June this year, got an extension of one more year (till June 2021), on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report which cited the Project Director of STIE, Jitendra Nath Paul, four modules of the CETP have become operational already and work is on in full-swing to finish the project well before the time.
Overall work of STIE would be completed in 6 months ahead of the schedule, reportedly claimed Jitendra Nath Paul, adding that online monitoring and some automation work is yet to be completed, which would be over soon.
It may be mentioned here that the Government decided to shift the tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar in 2017, but due to the CETP, the work of which has been hanging fire for a long time, tanners have had to face challenges in selling their offerings in the global market on account of LWG certification following issues related to waste management.