Tamil Nadu shows Coca-Cola the door after stir

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  1. Rashna

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    Tamil Nadu shows Coca-Cola the door after stir

    CHENNAI/SALEM: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday cancelled allotment of land for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd to set up a bottling unit in Perundurai SIPCOT complex in Erode district, amid growing protests by local residents over possible exploitation of groundwater. The Tamil Nadu government took the decision to cancel the lease agreement, blaming the firm for "not complying with the terms". Sources, however, said mounting pressure from locals forced the government to scrap the project.

    The company, however, blamed the government for the inordinate delays in granting pre-requisite approvals for commencing construction and sought refund of the entire money paid for these approvals. In a statement on Tuesday, the beverage company said it could not apply for 'consent to establish' despite sending repeated reminders to SIPCOT. "These inordinate delays, coupled with local activism against the project, could not have been foreseen nor prevented by us. Despite best efforts to address concerns, we could not commence construction and the project cannot be executed," it said.

    News about cancellation of allotment was greeted with much excitement in the region with locals celebrating by setting of fireworks and distributing sweets. "Our one-and-a-half years of protest finally succeeded. Never realized it would be achieved so soon," Erode district organizer of Tamil Nadu Environmental Safety Movement R Mukilan said. Residents expressed strong objections during the public hearing and intensified their protests by shutting down shops across Perundurai and surrounding villages in February.

    The company was allotted 71.34 acres in the complex in two parcels between June 2013 and January 2014. The lease deed was executed for 17.9 crore for a period of 99 years. According to official sources, the action was taken after the firm replied to a show-cause notice saying there was no "feasibility" of taking up the work now.


    The greenfield state-of-the-art bottling plant was proposed at a cost of 500 crore in 2014. In a statement, Coca-Cola said it was committed to invest in TN and looked forward to it. "However, the company has written to the state government that due to unforeseen pressures and delays it will not be able to invest in SIPCOT, Perundurai," it said.

    It sought pre-requisite approvals for draft copy of the 'water agreement' to procure water from New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited. The public limited company promoted by Tirupur Exporters Association jointly with state and central governments and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL &FS), Mumbai, was to supply water from Cauvery river on payment. Coca-Cola said the payment was made for laying of water line from SIPCOT entrance to the allotted site and for effluent transfer lines.

    Tamil Nadu shows Coca-Cola the door after stir - The Times of India
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    Can't say this activism is bad. Soft drinks are not good for health anyway.
     
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    It might be negative for the business but over the long run drinking water is 100 times better than any kind of coca cola drink. It will create epidemic of diabetes among the population. I give you some of the following links to read and than debate.

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...YedRIuVXcMu5ZXTUWCYQwCQ&bvm=bv.91071109,d.b2w

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...PSEggDXkY6iSSpwALigRuaw&bvm=bv.91071109,d.b2w
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    I have not had coca cola for the last several years and refuse to follow the crowd.
     
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    Free Karma Senior Member Senior Member

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    We could manufacture, dont have to drink :p, let someone else drink. They'd probably just find some other place to build the plant, and those people will get the jobs, while we buy drinks produced from there :/

    The main concern was about ground water being used...and when they were told that ground water was not going to be used they started about effluent problems. Too much activism around these days, not sure what to believe.

    Also the investor summit that was supposed to happen got postponed due to "too much heat".
    Tamil Nadu puts off investor meet again, cites summer heat - The Times of India
     
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    Alcohol is 30 times more fatal to health, Cigarettes are 100 times and many more,why they allowed and why not Coca-cola.Farmers/common man agitate coca-cola due to Brand name 'Coca-cola',every one knows it is foreign MNC.

    Anyway there is no exploitation of ground water or pollution,Common it is just Water+Sugar+Color+Flavors.:lol:
     
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    SADAKHUSH Senior Member Senior Member

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    I oppose the consumption of cigarettes as well. Did you open the links to read them or it is just emotional outbursts? The ingredients in Coca Cola are more than what you have stated. First read them than make your point.
     
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    it's more abt groundwater problem. Many farmers will be affected. TN is water scarcity state.
     
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    I don't like Cool drinks.But I stick to what I said they are less harmful compared to cigarettes /alcohol

    There is no wastage water compared to coal,steel and Chemical mfg units.Period.They simply mix water with sugar&flavors and sell into the market.
     
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    I submit the following links to read and than express your views. the information might compel you to take back uninformed comments.

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...e4NAz-n8DsMzvjl42DiKS8g&bvm=bv.91071109,d.eXY

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...aNj1RLCTqDHjbAugWC_r7IQ&bvm=bv.91071109,d.eXY

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...V4K_xAAQ6pYelJZ2gOdp8hQ&bvm=bv.91071109,d.eXY

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...KgASVimDByEvgYw2Pg9Kkxw&bvm=bv.91071109,d.eXY
    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j...Jg&bvm=bv.91071109,d.eXY Enjoy the articles.
     
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    Looks like the company itself was not interested. Good that govt. took back its allotment. It can be allotted to businesses that will invest and contribute to growth.
     
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