Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inspecting the CSIR Lab, in Chennai. The Director General, CSIR, Dr. M.O. Garg and the Director, CSIR-SERC, Dr. A.B. Mandal are also seen.A novel, biodegradable dispersing agent developed by CLRI, enables the chrome tanning of leather with just half the normal usage. This ensures the saving of water by 15 million litres per day in the Indian leather sector alone –and an estimated 200 million litres per day if this revolutionary technology is applied globally.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science and Technology said, “This development is aimed at multiple benefits relating to in-process abatement of effluent problem, curtailing process steps, huge water conservation, time economy and cost saving.”

He also announced that CLRI has succeeded in fostering an “enzymatic intervention” to complete in just 30 minutes the enabled fibre opening process which till now has taken up to 72 hours.

“This is good news for the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ agenda. Our leather and leather goods industry is on the verge of unique competitiveness,” Dr Harsh Vardhan remarked.

The first copy of the MODEUROP Colour Card for the Autumn Winter 16/17 season was alos released.