The authorities in Kanpur have ordered the 'immediate shutdown' of 91 leather tanneries in the city that were offloading their waste into the Ganga, causing widespread water pollution, an official has said.
The crackdown comes days before the start of the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj from January 14.
'The idea is to ensure that the Ganga remains non-polluted and that devotees who go to the biggest congregation get clear water,' the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) officials said.
Closure orders for the remaining 28 tanneries in the Chabilapurwa locality were likely to be issued later.
Around 15 tanneries functional in the neighbouring Unnao have already been closed for the Kumbh period.
Some tanneries have been let off as they had treatment plants for their waste and are not passing off any water in the river.
The UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, has ordered officials to ensure that the water of the Ganga was clean.