Plachimada Bill returned
for justice for the victims of the groundwater exploitation and pollution caused by Coca-Cola at Plachimada village in Palakkad district of Kerala has just got longer. After sitting for more than three years on a draft legislation that ensured compensation to the victims, the Centre has asked the state to approach the National Green Tribunal. It has not forwarded the Bill passed by the state Assembly to the President for assent. The Centre argues that environmental compensation comes under the purview of the green tribunal, and the state cannot form a separate tribunal to deal with the issue.