Ahmed Patel, Congress Rajya Sabha MP, has written to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, expressing his “deep concern” on the state government’s decision to allocate three million litres of water daily from the Sardar Sarovar Dam to Coca-Cola for its Rs 500-crore bottling plant in Sanand. The decision was taken in September .
In his letter, dated October 10, Patel said that the state government should “prioritise” giving water to drought-hit parts of the state.
The letter states, “The Sardar Sarovar project was conceptualised with the aim of providing water to the drought-stricken parts of north Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch. In this light, I am surprised to learn of the government’s decision to allocate waters to a foreign consumer goods giant Coca-Cola, with a daily usage limit of three million litres.” Patel has also raised concern over the daily effluent of 450 kilo litres to be discharged by the said plant.
The Congress MP has “urged” Anandiben to “take into account the several villages in the vicinity of Sanand that do not have access to drinking water, terming the decision as one that makes “citizens lose out on their rights to a private corporation while damaging ecology”.