The Coca Cola Job Protection Committee has urged the Kerala
Government to review the decision to stop the Plachimada
plant from operating as the livelihood of thousands of
employees of the bottling unit is at stake.
27 factories, including Pepsi, United Breweries and Kerala
Distilleries whose operations are similar in nature to
that of Coke are currently functioning in the district.
2,500 employees of the factory and their families are
facing an uncertain future because of the closure of the
plant, a statement from the company said.
The reasons for the water shortage in the area are deficient
monsoon and the Tamil Nadu Government not releasing water
in the required quantity from Aliyar dam to Kerala, said
Mr S. Sridharan, President of the committee.
alleged that the decision to stop the Coke plant was a
tactic adopted by the State Government to appease certain
`lobbies'' working against the soft drink major and aimed
at the vote bank in the district in view of the elections.