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Kolkata: In a boost to Bengal’s leather industry, the state government today handed over land allotment letters to 25 big tanneries for setting up new units at the Calcutta Leather Complex (CLC) at Bantala.

This is part of an initiative to expand CLC, which is a major leather cluster in India. The latest cumulative turnover of the leather units housed in CLC is about Rs 13,500-crore per annum.

The 25 tanneries that got the allotment letter today include 12 each from Kanpur and Kolkata and, one from Chennai.

State industries minister Amit Mitra was present in the handing over ceremony at CLC.

At present, there are 300 tanneries and 40 leather goods manufacturing units functional at CLC.

The state government has earmarked an additional 70-acre land within CLC for allotment to 187 new units of varying sizes.

The state government has also additional infrastructure such as a common effluent treatment plant, safe solid waste site, common facilitation centre for small tanneries, leather scrap burners, leather testing laboratory, etc.

Mitra maintains that once the new units become operational, the number of people employed at CLC is likely to shot up from present 2.5-lakh to 7.5-lakh. The annual turnover will jump to Rs 27,000-crore, he says.

The state government has also started the process to relocate the IT companies from CLC to New Town. This will free up another 130-acre developed area for new leather firms.