CPI urges Kerala Govt to take steps on Coke plant
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 17:32
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI has appealed to the Kerala Government to take steps on a committee's suggestion to realise a compensation of Rs 216.26 crore from Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd for damages allegedly caused by its plant in Palakkad district.

In a statement, CPI Central Secretariat urged the government to take legal and administrative steps to carry out the recommendations of the High Power Committee set in April 2009.

Since the committee had made the recommendation on the basis of the "polluter pays" principle, the government should act on it, the statement said.

CPI is a key partner in the LDF government led by the CPI-M in Kerala.

The multi-member High Power Committee, headed by a senior bureaucrat, in its report submitted last month quantified the multi-sectoral losses caused by the plant and recommended it should be realised from the soft-drink giant.

The Coca Cola plant in Kerala has been dysfunctional in the last few days following prolonged agitation launched by resistance groups and face legal hurdles in the way of its operations.


First Published: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 17:32

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