This refers to the transcript of the interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva on
September 5, 2003, put up on your website www.pbs.org.
Our bottling plant located in the Palakkad district of Kerala does not
consume 1.5 million litres of water every day. The actual average daily
water requirement is only 0.5 million litres.
The groundwater water shortage in the area is due to less-than-normal
rainfall in the area during the last two years and not due to drawing of
groundwater by our plant. The government records from the meteorological
station located at Meekara Dam, within a five kilometer distance of our
plant, show that in the year 2001 the district received only 57. 5 per
cent of the average rainfall received during 1998-2000. The figure dropped
to just about 43 per cent in 2002.
We have also set up three rainwater harvesting ponds within our plant
premises and they can collectively hold 27 million litres of water, equal
to nearly two month's water requirement, at any given point in time. Our
proactive steps to conserve rainwater and use it to recharge the
groundwater reserves has already led to an increase in the levels of
groundwater in the area.
The plant does not produce bottled drinking water.
It has the necessary licence from the local village Panchayat (local
The plant and all associates of the company at Palakkad live and work in
close harmony and partnership with communities around.
We request you to correct the wrong information and misleading comments
about the Coca-Cola plant in Kerala, which operates in compliance with all
the rules and regulations prescribed by the regulatory authorities at all
levels - Central, State and Panchayat.