Tanneries have started moving from the city to the tannery zone which will lessen environmental pollution to a large extent, said Chairman of the Sialkot Tannery Zone Association (STZA) Chaudhry Raza Munir.

The comments came during a press conference in his office, where he said that the treatment plant to be constructed with Rs 1 billion by August this year would also start functioning.

Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Abdul Waheed Sandal said that the project would increase global demand for Pakistani leather products and Pakistan’s leather garments. Director Naseer A. Malik said that the historic project would revolutionize the export industry of Pakistan.

In its final stages of completion, the project is funded by the federal and provincial governments, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).