Will not resume operations at Plachimada: Coca-Cola
New Delhi: The Coca- Cola company on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will not resume operations at its plant in Plachimada in Kerala.
When the case was considered today, the company did not question the Perumatty Panchayat's denial of permission to the company to conduct operations.
With the company not opposing the panchayat's decision, the court closed the case filed in connection with the Perumatty Panchayat's denial of permission to the company to conduct operations.
The Coco-Cola company started operations in Plachimada in 2000 and within two years, on April 22, 2002, the locals were out on the streets protesting against the groundwater exploitation and discharge of toxic waste. After vehement protests, the company shut down in 2003 but the toxic trail refused to die down.
The discharge from the company, both liquid and solid (that was supplied to the farmers in the guise of fertiliser) smothered the soil with cadmium and lead. The water table fell drastically and the left over sources became unusable.
The company shut down in 2003 but not a penny has been paid in compensation to the people who suffered the damage at the hands of the corporate. The state legislature passed the Plachimada Coco Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill on February 24, 2011, which was then sent to the Centre. The Centre in turn returned the bill seeking explanation for the bill citing legal grounds that the state does not have the rights to legislate over the matter. In February 2016, the President's office sent the bill back refusing assent on unspecified reasons.