CHENNAI: State Environment Minister Thoppu Venkatachalam on Monday gave an assurance in the State Assembly that the government would study the environmental impact of the proposed Coca-Cola plant in Perundurai in Erode district and take necessary action if it was found to be adversely affecting the environment.
Venkatachalam said the plant had not obtained clearance from the Union Ministry of Environmental till date.
The Minister was responding to CPM member Balakrishnan who said the proposed plant would draw about 30 lakh litres of groundwater per day which would affect irrigation and the environment.
Fisheries Minister A Jayapaul also gave a similar assurance on setting up shrimp farms which are alleged to also pollute the environment. Jayapaul said action would be taken on shrimp farmers in Ramanathapuram. Balakrishnan asked the government to condemn the the Centre cutting the allocation of kerosene, blackgram and dhal for Tamil Nadu.