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Coca-Cola plant closed down in Varanasi, for water and land pollution
"A great success after 14 years of struggle" said fr. Anand Mathew IMS. The catholic priest was imprisoned twice for his support to local people. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) found that the waste from Varanasi plant had exceeded levels of lead, cadmium or chromium.
- "A great success after 14 years of struggle", said to AsiaNews fr. Anand
Mathew IMS, commenting the closure of Coca-Cola plant in Mehdiganj, closed to
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). On June 6 the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),
the primary central government agency for monitoring pollution, has ordered the
plant to be closed. It was held responsible for water shortages and pollution.
Indian Missionary Society (IMS) fr. Mathew has opposed the plant and supported local
population. "For this struggle I was imprisoned in 2004 and 2005. Our movement
has been made with women and marginalized farmers. Nowhere in India there is
such a platform where people of different denomination come together. It was
something very unusual for me, and it gives a lot of hope for the future
Church, a Church beyond denominations", said the catholic priest, who's been
director of cultural centre Vishwa Jyoti Communications in Varanasi for over a
bottling operations in Mehdiganj have been the subject of intense public
protests since 2003 and the emerging details of Coca-Cola's planned expansion
have anguished many community members. Mehdiganj is an agrarian area and
farmers use the same depleting groundwater resource to meet all their water
addition to over-extraction of groundwater, Coca-Cola is also guilty of
polluting groundwater resources around its bottling plants in India. In 2003,
the CPCB tested the waste from nine Coca-Cola bottling plants and found that
all nine were violating the hazardous waste laws of India. CPCB found that the
waste from all nine bottling plants had exceeded levels of lead, cadmium or
chromium. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola was distributing its toxic waste to farmers
around its bottling plants, as fertilizer.
case of Mehdiganj, CPCB found excessive levels of cadmium and chromium in the
waste from Coca-Cola bottling plant that it had tested. Subsequently, two
others tests conducted by other groups (in 2008 and 2010) have also found
contamination in and around Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Mehdiganj, including
The company has consistently denied the
Uttar Pradesh:Coca-cola needs to pack up and go
According to 18 village councils in Mehdiganj plant is cause of water scarcity. The company draws from local sources water needed for production. Environmentalist: "Coca-Cola is not welcome. It portrays itself internationally as a responsible water user, while in India it consumes a vital resource". In a 2012 study the company denies the allegations.
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