April 8th, 2005

Coca-Cola Affected Community in India Promises Escalation of Campaign, Despite Court Ruling

Plachimada and New York (April 8, 2005): In a surprising move, a division bench of the High Court of Kerala has permitted Coca-Cola to extract up to 500,000 liters of water from the common groundwater resource per day at its Plachimada facility, in southern India. The bottling plant remains shut down for over a year now due to intense community pressure.

The Perumatty village council (panchayat), which had refused to renew Coca-Cola's license to operate citing it for over-extraction of water, has been given 15 days to reconsider its decision, and Coca-Cola is expected to file for a renewal of the license to the Perumatty panchayat in the next few days.

The High Court ruling is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court, and it seems unlikely that Coca-Cola can reopen its plant at Plachimada in the near future.
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Local body to move Supreme Court in Coke case

Palakkad: Firm on its struggle for closure of the Coca Cola plant here, a
panchayat here today said it would move the Supreme Court against Kerala
High Court decision permitting the softdrink plant to draw ground water
from the locality.

President of Janata Dal (S)-controlled Perumatty panchayat A Krishnan said
in a statement that the local body would go in appeal to the apex court
against the high court order allowing the unit to draw ground water not
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