Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 22: The high-level panel set up by the LDF government to assess the 'socio-economic damage' caused by the Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd plant in Palakkad district has recommended realisation of Rs 216. 26 crore from the leading beverage company.
Headed by Additional Chief Secretary K Jayakumar, the 14-member panel has also asked
the government to establish a tribunal, which would fight the legal battle for the people as they might not be able to take it up individually.
The panel found that the plant at Plachimada not only 'exploited' the ground water but also adversely affected farming and environment in the area.
Water Resources Minister N K Premachandran, who received the report on Monday, Mar 22, informed that it would be placed before the state cabinet to take appropriate steps.