Check Exploitation of Groundwater By Coca-Cola: Kerala Opposition
February 6, 2006
Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan today alleged that the government was not preventing soft drink major Coca-Cola from drawing groundwater in Plachimada in Palakkad even after the groundwater estimation committee reported the area as over-exploited.

During a submission in the Assembly, he said the committee in its study had omitted Malampuzha block where the Pepsi plant was situated in order to save the multi-national.

The committee's report listed only 151 blocks while there were 152 blocks in the state, he said adding that people in Puthussery have been on the warpath for the last five years against Pepsi exploiting groundwater.

He said five zones in the state, including Chittoor, where both Pepsi and Coke plants were located, had been identified as over-exploited regions in the report. He wanted to know why the government was not taking steps to check the unlawful exploitation of groundwater.

In his reply, water resources minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the government concurred with the views of Achuthanandan and would take steps to check over-exploitation of groundwater for industrial purposes.

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