Groups Vow to Shut Down Coca-Cola Plant
United News of India
April 9, 2005

Kochi: The Action Councils spearheading the three-year-old stir for the closure of the controversial Coca-Cola plant at Plachimada in Palakkad district today vowed not to allow the plant to resume operations at any cost.

The Plachimada Solidarity Council and the Anti-Coca-Cola Action Council, in a joint meeting here, in the wake of a Kerala High Court order allowing the unit to draw groundwater, have renewed their vows to have the plant closed permanently.

The meeting, seeking support of all concerned in their stir against water exploitation, urged the State Government to appeal against the verdict which allowed the Multinational Softdrink giant to draw five lakh litres of groundwater.

Solidarity Council Convenor R Ajayan and Action Council Convenor Velur Swaminathan said the meeting also extended support to the Perumatty Panchayat in challenging the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

The meeting also chalked out a march to the High Court here on April 15 and a protest march to the office of the Central Water Resources Development and Management in Kozhikode for its report that paved way for the High Court order.

Besides, a massive anti-Coke convention, involving all the like-minded groups would be held at Plachimada on April 22 when the tribal-led stir completes three years, they said.

The meeting viewed that under the existing report from the State Pollution Control Board, the factory cannot be given clearance as it failed to implement the directions by the monitoring committee of the Supreme Court.

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