Supreme Court Issues Notice to Coca-Cola on Plachimada Unit
October 28, 2005

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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