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State Level Programme in Kerala
Plachimada Struggle: People's Rights over Natural Resources
for Life with Dignity
Excessive mining of ground water by the Hindustan Coca Cola factory
in Plachimada, Kerala situated in the rain shadow region, has led to
extracting of around 1 million litres of ground water per day from the
aquifers, seriously damaging the ground water levels. The water scarcity
and the carcinogenic waste contamination of available water within 2
km radius of the plant has touched very critical level this summer. This
has destroyed the livelihood support systems of the local communities.
Hydrological studies point out that the rain shadow aquifers in the region
are drying up rapidly as indicated by the fall in the water levels. The
continued extraction of ground water at this magnitude by the company
results in deterioration of water quality by disturbing the natural concentration
of earthen salts. This increases both the salinity, concentration of
heavy metals and fluoride content of the water, making it unfit for potable
use as is evident in the water from the open wells in Plachimada.
ii) Study on the environmental impact and damage assessment
of the Coco-cola factory in Plachimada, Palakkad, Kerala
To study the impact of excessive extraction of ground water by the Coca-Cola
plant. After 3 years of its operation, the hydrological system has dried
up. The local people holds that a scientific study aimed at identifying
the social and environmental impact of the plant including the destruction
of the ecosystem as well as the destruction of livelihood system would
enable the community to file compensation claims from the Hindustan Coca - Cola
Broad objectives of the project
The project proposes to conduct in-depth assessment of the impact of
the Coco-cola factory and the damage it caused on ground water due to
excessive drawing of water by the factory. A study on the land pollution
caused by the wastes from the factory also will be conducted in detail.
The drought situation in the vicinity of the factory as also the pollution
of the ground water by the factory are the other areas of study.