Thiruvananthapuram: A high-power committee appointed by Kerala government has accused Coca-Cola of causing damages to the tune of Rs 216.26 crore through the operation of its bottling plant in Plachimada in Palakkad district.

A Kerala government panel on Monday said Coca Cola must pay Rs 216.26 crore as compensation for the

Kerala Assembly gets report, which calls for separate body to recommend compensation.

The Coca-Cola plant at Plachimada in Palakkad district of Kerala caused serious damage to the environment of the village, leading to a loss of Rs 216 crore, according to a report submitted in the Kerala Assembly today.

An expert committee appointed by the state government has concluded that soft drink giant Coca-Cola had caused environmental damage amounting to Rs 216 crore in Plachimada of Palakkad where it ran a bottling plant. The panel, headed by the additional chief secretary, Mr K.

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Compensation for

The Assembly Committee on Petitions has called upon the Kerala government to assess the socio-economic damage sustained by the people of Plachimada on account of the operation of the Hindustan Coca-Cola unit there and take steps to realise compensation from the company.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cola major Pepsico today denied the charge that its plant in Pudussery in Palakkad district has been causing depletion of ground water in the arid area by over extraction of water.

State Assembly recommends imposition of curbs on extraction of water by the plant.

Taking a serious note of the alleged exploitation of groundwater by Pepsi, a committee of the Kerala Assembly today recommended imposition of curbs on extraction of water by the multinational cola giant

The Left Government in Kerala seems to be bracing for another war on softdrink giants Pepsico and Coca-Cola. An Assembly panel, constituted to look into the ground water exploitation by the Pepsico bottling plant at Pudussery in Palakkad on Wednesday submitted the report in the House, suggesting that drawing of water should be cut drastically from seven lakh litres a day to 2.34 lakh litres.