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article imageCoca-Cola plant ordered demolished over water rights issue

By Justin King     Jan 25, 2014 in World
Varanasi - A local administration in India has ordered a Coca-Cola plant destroyed after complaints and protests over the plant's use of the area’s water supply.
Activists have called for action from the government for years, citing the drain the plant creates on water resources. The plant is also allegedly built on lands owned by the village council. The local administration imposed a fine of 126,000 Rupees (about $2000 US) on the company operating the plant, but protests still persist.
A nearby resident Nandlal Master said
It is preposterous that the government can allow a water-guzzling company like Coca-Cola to operate freely when thousands of people cannot even meet their basic water needs,
Coca-Cola has appealed the order and states that they have all records necessary to show legal ownership of the land.
A local administration official said he expects the order to demolish the plant to be carried out within days.
The water supply and the system in which it is delivered is becoming a worrisome issue in India. A project, the Kalammawadi Direct Pipeline Project, is scheduled to be completed in 2017 to alleviate some of the issues, but includes no plans to replace the 35 year old pipes that make up roughly 30% of the pipelines in Kolahopur.
The Times of India reports that
leakages in pipelines are frequent and contamination of water is rampant.
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