Coca-Cola Facing Possible Indian Pollution Charge
Published on Mar 2 2011 9:52 AM in Drinks
The Coca-Cola Company is facing the possibility of being charged on the grounds of pollution in relation to its former bottling operations in southern India. The state of Kerala - one of the prime tourist attractions of India - has passed legislation that could make the company liable for up to US$57.3 million as a result of the activities. A special tribunal will have the power to adjudicate claims from those who have suffered adverse consequence due to the plant's operations.
Following a campaign by the local community, the plant was shut down in 2004. A state committee has announced that the company caused reckless pollution and water depletion in the district of Plachimada. Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited, a subsidiary of its parent company, said: “This Bill is devoid of facts, scientific data or any input from or consideration given to the company.” (2 Mar)
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