Good news for all sensible people.
The Indian authorities have made virtually impossible - they closed the Coca-Cola production in the Indian city of Varanasi, local activists, together with the authorities have achieved closure of the plant. Over the years, the production of water supplies around exhausted and soil pollution exceeded all possible norms, writes Guardian.
But why need extreme measures to close the production of such a product is harmful to human? The government of any country is obliged to stop the unacceptable behavior of the company.
Indian authorities closed the plant of the company «Coca-Cola» Environmental pollution
Regulatory Authority of India refused transnational company «Coca-Cola» in the permit for the activities of the new company. Their decision is referred to the National Tribunal for the green. It is this authority has authorized the company closing. Today, India - one of the few countries in the developing world, where an active role in ensuring the environmental safety of the court belongs
The plant was closed near the village of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. This was made possible thanks to a long and bitter struggle of the local population, which it led for the past 11 years. Residents concerned about the depletion and pollution of groundwater as a result of the company and its illegal seizure of territory belonging to communities passes ru.journal-neo.org.
Earlier «Coca-Cola» asked the state authorities to increase the extraction of groundwater 5 times. The court found that it significantly impairs the water supply of the population.
Local authorities Mendiganzh (which includes the town Varanas) were forced in 2009 to impose restrictions on the use of groundwater for farmers that could not cause them backlash directed against the largest US companies. Moreover, 70% of the water intake to the period from March to June, when the level of groundwater comes to the lowest level, that dramatically limits the possibility of using it for agricultural purposes.
One company «Coca-Cola» a day spent 1 million liters of water. At the same time 75% of the entire volume is lost as waste, which merge, without going through a complete cleaning, the environment, and getting on the field and in the ponds, causing pollution. The waste samples taken by local environmentalists, found high levels of lead, cadmium and chromium, exceeding safety standards for the health of the population in 30 times. Such an amount of metals leads to disruption of the immune system and poses a risk for the occurrence of cancer. According to the Indian NGO «Centre for Science and Environment», in the company's products sold in the US, revealed no toxic substances.
In recent years, profits «Coca-Cola» in developed countries fell sharply as healthy lifestyle becomes a trend and does not fit with the company's products. Therefore, management of the company began to actively promote their products in developing countries. By the way, in India «Coca-Cola» - the largest foreign investor. Despite the loss of the plant cost $ 25 million, the discontent of the population, the costs, the negative attitude of the local authorities, the company still plans to invest in the development of its business in the country has $ 5 billion by 2020 year.
Today «Coca-Cola» is forced to significantly increase spending to improve its environmental image. Company representatives constantly claim innocence plants to water pollution. However, these statements do not soothe the Indian society, as well as attempts to «Coca-Cola» to expand its charitable activities in India. Every day in some form of public protests against the American corporation.
- «Coca-Cola» is shameless and unethical company that puts profit above the welfare of communities living near its businesses, - said Amit Srivastava, director of «India Resource Center», NGOs take an active part in organizing the protests
Nandlal Master, representative of a non-governmental structure was in favor of closing the plant, he said that the local community has achieved a great victory, proving that the power of big business can shake.