Mehrotra says the
company will expand its existing production units and
set up additional categories. The tender coconut water
plant is one such project. Mehrotra adds that the tender
coconut plant could be set up in the existing Coca-Cola
manufacturing unit at Plachimada in Palakkad. But other
states are also trying to get this project as it would
help coconut farmers there.
The company was
actively considering the project in Kerala because of
its superior quality coconuts. However, Mehrotra is reluctant
to specify the total investment for the project.
say it had set up the Palakkad unit three years ago at
the invitation of the Left Democratic Front government
in Kerala. The current location of the present plant (Plachimada)
was one of the sites suggested by the government.
We got the
necessary licence for it from the state government on
29 February 2000, within months of our dialogue with state
authorities. We were very pleased with the speed at which
the state administration granted us the licence. It only
showed how keen the government was in our project,
the officials say.
government promised adequate water and power supply to
our plant. But they did not fulfil the promises. We have
deposited Rs 50 lakh for high-tension power line but it
is yet to come. The company is running on generators.
We have also asked for surface water, but nothing was
done so far, they add.