Tamil Nadu Cancels Land Allotment for Coca Cola plant
Tamil Nadu says no to Coca Cola plant in Erode district.
The allotment of 71.34 acres of land for Coca Cola’s project in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district has been cancelled by the government following stiff opposition from locals, agriculturists and political parties.
The government has cancelled the allotment of 71.34 acres of land to Coca Cola. Non-compliance of terms and conditions by the company has been cited as the reason for cancellation of land allotment in the order.
–TN Government Official
SIPCOT (State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited) said it had a few days ago sent a notice to the company for non-compliance of terms and conditions for commencing the project.
Meanwhile, Coca Cola said it had already written to the state government that “due to unforeseen pressures and delays, it will not be able to invest in SIPCOT in Perundurai.” However, the company release said: “Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (HCCBPL) is committed to invest in the state of Tamil Nadu and looks forward to invest in the state.” The June 21, 2013 allotment order had earmarked 71.34 acres in SIPCOT’s premises in Perundurai in Erode District, about 400 km from here.
Asked what were the terms and conditions the company had not complied with, the SIPCOT official said “they are supposed to commence construction (for the plant) within six months from the date of allotment. However, they did not do so.” “For starting commercial production they have time till three years, that is not an issue,” he added.
The State government’s move comes following stiff opposition to the project from several quarters, including political parties, farmers and the local people.
Locals had first expressed apprehension that the unit could cause rapid groundwater depletion and pollution of water bodies in the region.
Soon, environment NGOs and traders in Perundurai and Chennimalai regions of Erode District took up the matter.
CPI(M) State Secretary G Ramakrishnan demanded that the state withdraw its nod to the firm to start its unit.
Opposing the plant, TNCC President E V K S Elangovan said local people and farmers would be affected by the project.
The MNC had, however, in the wake of protests, said it would not use groundwater and not let waste water come out of the plant premises.
Despite best efforts to address concerns, we could not commence construction and the project cannot be executed. We have requested the state government to refund the entire money paid so far.
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