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COCHIN, India -- The pollution control head of India's
southern Kerala state said he has ordered Coca Cola Co. to close one
of its largest bottling plants in the country for failing to comply
with environmental regulations.
G. Rajmohan, chairman of the state's Pollution Control Board, said
he told the Coca Cola plant in Plachimada, a village in the southern
part of the state, to shut down immediately because of pollution
"The plant does not have an adequate waste treatment system and
pollution from the plant is affecting the drinking water in adjacent
villages," Rajmohan told The Associated Press. Company officials did
not immediately react to the order.
The factory is one of the largest of Coca-Cola's 27 plants in
India. It bottles mineral water and soft drinks, including Coca-Cola
and Thums Up. The Kerala plant has long faced protests from the local
Plachimada village council, which has accused it of depleting local
groundwater and has refused to renew its license.
Rajmohan said the factory has been unable to disclose the cadmium
content of its waste. The board issued a closure notice to Coca Cola,
The plant was closed for nearly 16 months after the village
council refused to renew its license. However, in June, the Kerala
High Court rejected the council's plea for its permanent closure.
The council welcomed the decision.
"We have been fighting for the closure of this plant for more than
two years now. We are happy that the government is finally giving
justice to the people who are affected by the plant," village council
president A. Krishnan said.
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