Supreme Court Issues Notice to Coca-Cola on Plachimada Unit
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notice to soft drinks major
Coca-Cola on a Kerala government plea challenging two high court orders
that allowed the company's Plachimada bottling unit to draw five lakh
litres of ground water a day.
A bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat tagged the state government's
plea along with the main petition seeking stay of the April 7 order
of the Kerala High Court that asked the Perumatty gram panchayat to
renew the licence of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd to enable it
to draw ground water.
The panchayat did not renew the licence of the soft drink major on
the ground that it had not been given a clearance certificate from
the Pollution Control Board.
Later, the high court again directed the panchayat to renew the licence
of the company.
The panchayat had contended that it had the right to refuse the drawal
of large quantities of groundwater by Coca-Cola, keeping in view the
interests of agriculture and domestic consumers.
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