Plachi­mada Bill re­turned

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - THE WAIT

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.


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