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Blamed for water shortages in Indian villages
30.11.2015. Eighteen village councils in northern India are demanding a local Coca-Cola bottling plant be banned from extracting water from the ground, claiming its over-use has led to water scarcity in the area. The villages, which are located in Mehdiganj area of Varanasi district – the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – claim they have been facing water shortages since 1999 when the plant opened.
"Elected village council heads represent the voice of the people, and they are clear that Coca-Cola is not welcome in Mehdiganj," said Amit Srivastava of the California-based India Resource Centre, which is supporting the village councils. "It is time for Coca-Cola to pack up and leave." Thus reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
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