To create a massive leather cluster in Kanpur’s Ramaipur, and compete with Italy, local businessman Rizwan Ashraf—Director and Co-Founder of Homera Tanning Industries Pvt. Ltd.—is investing Rs.5,880 crores in India.
Rizwan said, “We will develop a mega leather cluster in Ramaipur, which is in South Kanpur, with an investment of Rs.5,880 crores. The cluster would have 354 units, including 225 tanneries and the remaining units will be for makers of shoes, saddlery, belts, and garments. This would be the biggest in North India.”
Any industry needs expansion to be viable and competitive, yet old treatment facilities cannot be expanded to handle more waste. Additionally, no land is accessible for the new apartments.
Entrepreneur Rizwan found a silver lining when the Union Government suggested the creation of seven mega leather clusters in 2012 and offered financial provisions for the same.
Also, the proposed leather clusters would have state-of-the-art treatment plants, each for salted water, chrome recovery, and flesh, and will be built along the lines of the tanneries in Italy.
Those setting up their units would be given space within a building complex rather than being provided a piece of land so that they would only require machines to start production, and will provide over two lakh jobs.