Closure of Pepsi Unit Demanded
'The unit exploiting groundwater affecting drinking water source of
PALAKKAD: The district committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI)
took out a march to the plant of Pepsico Holdings Private Limited
at the Kanjikode Wise Park near here on Thursday demanding its closure.
Inaugurating the march near the company gate, State executive committee
member of the party V. Chamunni said that the Pepsi unit was exploiting
groundwater in a big way affecting the drinking water source of the
people in the area.
Addressing the meeting, Suresh Raj, convener of the Anti-Pepsi Action
Council, said the factory should not be allowed to function in a district
which was reeling under drought. Exploitation of groundwater in a
water-scarce area would make it a desert.
The Pepsi factory should be closed down as was done in the case of
the Coca-Cola bottling plant at Plachimada in the nearby Chittur taluk,
"The experience of the functioning of the Coca Cola plant at Plachimada
was devastating and now a government-appointed expert committee had
recommended compensation from the company for the damages to the local
community and the environment," he said.
Mr. Raj said the recommendations of the Assembly Subject Committee
on Irrigation and Power, presented in the Assembly on Wednesday, on
bringing some restrictions to the use of groundwater by Pepsi was
not acceptable to the action council and the CPI that were demanding
the closure of the unit for long.
The meeting was addressed by secretary of the Palakkad mandalam committee
of the party K. Krishnakutty, Malampuzha mandalam secretary P.V. Rajendran
and Mahila Sangom district secretary Sumalatha Mohandas.
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