Puthiya Tamizhagam Rallies Against Coca-Cola Plant
Chennai Online
September 12, 2005

Madurai: Puthiya Tamizhagam party will organise a cycle-rally to create awareness among the people about the "bad impact" the proposed South Indian Bottling Plant in the Gangikondan-SIPCOT area would have on the ground water table, a top party leader said.

PT leader K Krishnasamy told reporters here that the bottling plant, which would be 'agents' for the multinational Hindustan Coca-Cola company, would draw nine lakh litres of water a day from the Tamirabharani river which was already supplying water to two big plants including SPIC and Tarangatara Chemicals.

The water "intensive" coke plant will lead to sharp fall in the groundwater table in the area where farm operations had already been affected, he claimed.

He also pointed out that people in Plachimada in Kerala and Padmathur in Sivaganga district, where cola companies were situated,had protested the presence of the companies.

Insofar as Tamil Nadu was concerned only North Tamil Nadu was prospering, while South Tamil Nadu languishing, he claimed. Even the industries that are permitted to get started in South Tamil Nadu, had harmed the atmosphere by causing widespread pollution, he said.

The cycle rally would also seek setting up of industrial plants in South Tamil Nadu which did not require much water and did not cause Pollution, he added.

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