India approves setting up mega leather cluster in Kolkata
today Nov 11, 2019
The department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) last month approved the Mega Leather Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC) project at Bantala in Kolkata at a cost of Rs 178.84 crore ($25 million), out of which DPIIT’s share will be Rs 89.42 crore.
About 100 units are reportedly interested in setting up units there and about Rs 2,000-2,500 crore will be invested.
DPIIT under secretary (leather section) Dayanidhi Joshi’s letter on the approval was received by the secretary of West Bengal’s department of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and textiles, according to Indian media reports.
Imran Ahmed Khan, general secretary of the Calcutta Leather Complex Tanners Association (CLCTA) said the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) , the nodal agency for the project, will now set up basic infrastructure and common facilities. It will take two to three years for production to commence, he said.
The cluster will generate employment for 60,000-70,000, Khan claimed.
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