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In the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadir, southern India, the number of leather tanneries is increasing. Effluent from existing tanneries has polluted water supplies used for agriculture and drinking, contributing to drought, crop failure, and illness and birthing problems in the local population. The author argues that no more licences should be granted for new tanneries, and that those already running be forced to adhere to pollution-control regulations. This article also appears in the Development in Practice Reader Development and Patronage.

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