Bill to set up tribunal on damage caused by Coke plant

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 21:17

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala cabinet on Wednesday
approved a draft bill for setting up a tribunal for making
available compensation and relief for the people of
Plachimada in Palakkad district where the functioning of
Coca-Cola company`s plant had allegedly caused huge
environmental damage.

Briefing reporters after a cabinet meeting, Chief
Minister V S Achuthanandan said the government would try to
present the bill in the ongoing budget session of the assembly
itself.

The bill was drafted by the Water Resources department
based on the recommendations of the high power committee
headed by Additional Chief Secretary K Jayakumar which had put
the loss due to environmental degradation caused by the
Plachimada Coke plant at Rs 216.16 crore.

The committee submitted its report on March 22 last year.
However, there was delay in drafting the bill reportedly due
to opposition from the Industries department which differed
with the assessment of the Jayakumar committee, quantification
of the damage and the recommendation to set up a tribunal.

The committee had assessed the losses suffered by the
people of Plachimada based on the evidence of depletion and
pollution of groundwater in the area caused by the Coca-Cola
company to secure compensaton for the victims on the `polluter
pays` theory.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 21:17

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