Madras HC dismisses PILs against water supply to Pepsi, Coke

Nearly 70 per cent of traders in Tamil Nadu stopped sales of Pepsi and Coca-Cola on Wednesday, says TN Traders Union president Vikrama Raja.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 2, 2017 2:29 pm
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The Madras High Court has quashed two PILs against supplying water to soft drink companies including Pepsi and Coca-Cola from the Thamirabarani river in Tirunelvelli. The court lifted its stay order from last November, stating water supply will not be curbed, reports ANI. While the petitioner accused Pepsi and Coca-Cola of using water for commercial gains, the companies promised to use only surplus water.

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The court decision comes a day after the deadline imposed by the Tamil Nadu Traders Union to boycott all soft drinks manufactured outside India. Retailers in Tamil Nadu had given up selling soft drinks Wednesday, instead endorsing native drinks and juices.

The decision to boycott aerated drinks was three fold – firstly given its adverse effect on health and secondly, for consuming excess water in the drought-prone state. Last, according to AP, traders are also pulling American brands off their shelves in protest of US animal rights group PETA’s opposition to Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming sport.

According to president of the TN Traders Union, Vikrama Raja, nearly 70 per cent of stores in the state stopped sales on Wednesday. “Beverages like Coke and Pepsi have adverse effects on one’s health. They contain a lot of harmful substances, which we believe, will lead to deterioration in consumers’ health. We have been supported by students and certain others communities on this ban. We will ensure that the sale is completely stopped,” Raja was quoted as saying by ANI. He added that the soft drinks will be manufactured in India henceforth, replacing all products currently circulating in the market.

The Indian Beverage Association (IBA) has reacted to the boycott saying it is “deeply disappointed”, according to PTI. It said, “This is against the proven fundamentals of robust economic growth, and against the clarion call of Make in India,” it said. It added that “the products manufactured by Coca-Cola and Pepsi are of global standards and one of the safest available.”

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    Netan
    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm
    Snooping the P o o p i n g organization NTRO(National Toilet Research Organization) already has the night time activities of all those people who oppose Brahmin sponsored corporates. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;IB will taker over from there, with the NTRO video and audio tapes in its hand. IB will actually ask its retired thugs hired as CONSULTANTS to approach people like Vikram Raja and show him the VDOs ADOs. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mark my words. Soon Vikram Raja will withdraw all statements against Pepsi and Coca Cola or IB thugs will themselves advise him what he should do secretly to ensure free flow of Pepsi and Coca Cola. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All in the brahminism game you fools!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;PS: NTRO was originally called National Technical Research Organization, but after it was exposed of snooping its own women employees in their own TOILETS in their own office using imported high quality cameras, it has been renamed as National Toilet Research Organization. It is the first time in the world that a digital snooping organization has ED the quality and quany of p o o p!
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    Homer
    Mar 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    OUR DEMOCRACY AN OUR LAWS CANT STOP THESE FOREIGN GIANTS FROM DESTROYING OUR WATER SUPPLY PUR WEALTH AND OUR HEALTH. BIT WE CAN! Stop drinking their products! Drink our juices. Our coconut waters our Limbu pani!
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    Homer
    Mar 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    STOP DESTROYING OUR WATER OUR WEALTH AND OUR HEALTH. ATOP DRINKING WHAT THESE FOREIGN GIANTS SELL IS!
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    Homer
    Mar 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    What the courts can't do! We should do. STOP DRINKING THEIR DRINKS!
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    JK Ranbir
    Mar 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    These cola companies are some of the worst polluters in the world. They pollute the environment and also pollute our bodies. Kudos to the Tamil Nadu vendors who are boycotting these foreign colas. We should all drink local products like fresh fruit juice. They are healthier than the sugary cola drinks. In US some cities are already putting a "cola tax" to stop these companies from ruining the health of residents. These cola companies have huge marketing budgets so they will resort to all kinds of fake news and reports to say that their products are safe. Please do not believe them. They only care about profits. They have already destro the ground water in many locations in India. Time to boycott them nationally.
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    sam
    Mar 2, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    1) If Coke and Pepsi says they are using only excess water - why was Tamilnadu concluded as drought affected state;- lt;br/gt;2) As these foreign countries suggest that other countries convert Sea water to drinking water - then why dont they do it for production from their countrieslt;br/gt;Conclusion: In 1914, 1 rupee = 14 US dollars; But today 65 rupee = 1 us dollars;lt;br/gt;See who has become fools
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    NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
    Mar 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    Why isn't/ wasn't there a PLI suit against the flow into India of dollars and euros for the past two decades that hoisted India so high economically?!
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    ASHOK
    Mar 2, 2017 at 11:12 am
    BAN ALL JUNK FOODS
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