Kerala Water Resources Minister Raps Coca-Cola
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
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