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Coca-Cola And Pepsico Bottlers Face Rs. 25 Crore Fine From The National Green Tribunal For Illegal Groundwater Extraction In Uttar Pradesh

Lawstreet Journal 11 Mar 2022 12:12am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Business Coca-Cola And Pepsico Bottlers Face Rs. 25 Crore Fine From The National Green Tribunal For Illegal Groundwater Extraction In Uttar Pradesh

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has levied fine of Rs 25 crore as environmental compensation on two companies/bottlers Moon Beverages and Varun Beverages, who are accountable for the manufacturing of products namely, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, as it found them guilty of exploiting groundwater for bottling plants in Uttar Pradesh.

 

The NGT's Bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (Chairperson), Sudhir Agarwal and Brijesh Sethi (judicial members), and Prof A. Senthil Vel and Dr. Afroz Ahmad (expert members) ruled that the bottling plants were operating in violation of the CGWA's (Central Ground Water Authority) environment law because they were extracting groundwater without the necessary NOC (No Objection Certificate). The Companies were also found guilty of violating one of their licencing restrictions by failing to meet their groundwater recharge standards.

Significantly, the Tribunal stated that PPs [Project Proponents] will be required to pay environmental compensation for groundwater abstraction after the expiration of NOCs and failure to recharge groundwater in accordance with NOC conditions:

 

“It is alleged that PPs- 1 has not obtained any ‘No Objection Certificate’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘NOC’) from Central Ground Water Authority (hereinafter referred to as ‘CGWA’) for extraction of groundwater, though their units are situated in notified “overexploited” areas where abstraction of groundwater cannot be permitted. Further, Section 28 of Uttar Pradesh Ground Water (Management and Regulation) Act, 2019 (hereinafter referred to as ‘UPGWMR Act, 2019’) prohibits direct recharge from rainwater, falling on open land, grounds, roads (paved/unpaved), agricultural farms but PP-1 is indulged indirect… Continue Reading...


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