Kerala Water Resources Minister Raps Coca-Cola
March 29, 2005

Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 29 : The Centre has approved a comprehensive project submitted by the state government to protect the water sources in Palakkad district, Kerala Water Resources Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, informed the assembly today.

The Minister was replying to a calling attention notice of V Chenthamarakshan (CPI-M) to the serious situation that has arisen in Palakkad district due to exploitation of ground water by the Coca-cola plant at Plachimada and Pepsi plant at Kanjikode.

Radhakrishnan said the state government would take further steps to implement the project.

Radhakrishnan said studies have shown that ground water level was going down at Plachimada. It had also indentified overuse of ground water as the main reason for the depletion.

The Ground Water Authority has also recommended that the Coca-Cola company control the use of ground water, he added. Water in one of the wells near the company's plant was found to have calcium and chloride beyond the permissible limits, he said, adding this could be due to discharge from the plant.

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