Bill to set up tribunal on damage caused by Coke plant
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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.


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

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