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SIALKOT: A delegation of the World Bank (WB) experts visited the city here on Wednesday  and discussed matters of establishment of Sialkot Tannery Zone Project with the Sialkot district administration during a meeting held here.

While giving the briefing about the Sialkot Tannery Zone Project to the delelgation, DC, Dr Farrukh Naveed, said that the construction of Sialkot Tannry Zone was underway on 396 acres of land near Khambraanwala-Sialkot, where all the 250 small and big sized tanneries scattered in and around the city would soon be shifted to the zone.

He said that the Punjab government was spending Rs 3.47 billion on the project for saving people from the environmental pollution.

DC said that a chunk of Rs.1.3 billion was direly needed to install an international standard water treatment plant in this tannery zone, asking the WB delegation to provide these funds at earliest.

On the occasion, the experts of the World Bank (WB) showed keen interest in the Project and assured of their early technical and financial assistance.

Earlier, the delegation also visited the site of the under completion project near Khambraanwala.

MPA Ch. Muhammad Ikram, ADCG Sialkot Meesam Abbas, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Zahid Latif Malik and the senior officials of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Sialkot Tannery Zone were also present on the occasion.

Sialkot Tanneries zone work progressing: DC

SIALKOT: The development work on mega projects of Sialkot Tanneries Zone was briskly underway with the help of different departments, said Deputy Commissioner Dr. Farruk Naveed.

He stated this in a meeting with World Bank delegation here.

The estimated cost of the completion of this mega project is over Rs. 3.40 billion out of which Rs. 1.30 billion were required for the installation of water treatment plant in the zone.”We seek special cooperation of World Bank for the completion of this mega project”,he said.

Leather industry of Pakistan has been earning good foreign exchange ,besides textile sector of the country,he said,adding that Pakistan was earning US 1 billion dollars annually through the export of leather products.

The Deputy Commissioner further said there were 800 tanneries in Pakistan, out of those some 250 tanneries,functioning in ten different areas of Sialkot,were polluting the environment adversely.

Punjab government and Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) therefore planned to shift tanneries functioning in and around Sialkot into Tanneries Zone and 396 acres of land was purchased.Punjab government had provided 29.20 crore rupees as interest free loan for the purchase of land for establishing Sialkot Tanneries Zone.

Member Punjab Assembly Ch. Muhammad Akram and President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce (SCCI) Zahid Latif Malik also attended the meeting.