29 Mar '12, 7am

Coke contributes significantly 2 India's water tragedy Pl read n

Coke contributes significantly 2 India's water tragedy Pl read n

Armed with banners demanding ‘Climate Justice Now!’ more than 2,000 villagers marched to the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Mehdiganj in northern India earlier this week calling for it to be closed down. They accuse the company of over-extracting groundwater, lowering the water tables and leaving farmers and the local community unable to dig deep enough to get to vital water supplies. Since the bottling plant was opened in 2000, water levels in the area have dropped six metres, and when a severe drought hit the region earlier this year the crops failed and livelihoods were destroyed. ‘What is more important,’ asked local activist Nandlal Master, ‘meeting the water needs of a community and farming or mass producing Coca-Cola from depleting groundwater resources? ‘The answer to us is clear, and Coca-Cola has to go,’ he said. Poor lose out The Mehdiganj dispute is just one of ma...

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