Puthiya Tamizhagam Rallies Against Coca-Cola Plant
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 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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