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24 Apr 2016

India: 13 years after shut down of bottling plant in Kerala, villagers allege they don't have clean drinking water, waiting for justice for effects of pollution

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In March 2000, Coca Cola, under its Indian subsidiary Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited (HCCBPL), commenced operations at its bottling plant at Plachimada, in the southern state of Kerala. Over the next few years, the area surrounding the plant allegedly began to feel the plant’s hazardous effects, as groundwater was contaminated and toxic waste released. Protests by the people of Plachimada, interest groups, and NGOs lead to the shutdown of operations at the plant. 13 years later, village claims that there has been no compensation for the ecological, social and environmental losses suffered by them, "We haven't yet got clean drinking water, nor justice we sought". Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Coca-Cola to respond, response included. 

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