Pudussery Panchayat Slaps Second Notice on Pepsi

Published: 03rd May 2016 05:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2016 05:37 AM   |  A+A-

Pudussery.jpgPALAKKAD: The Pudussery panchayat committee which met here on Monday decided to serve a second notice on Pepsico India Holdings Ltd’s bottling unit in Kanjikode, asking the soft drink major to reduce the extraction of the ground water. The area has been facing acute potable water crisis owing to the severe drought.  The committee also asked Pepsi to pay the property and labour tax arrears to local bodies immediately.  K Unnikrishnan, president of the Pudussery panchayat, told Express that the resolutions will be passed in the next meeting on May 10 if a reply was not received from Pepsi by then.  He said a notice was issued earlier too demanding the payment of the property and labour tax arrears - Rs 14.25 lakh - since 2007. The notice had also asked Pepsi to limit the use of groundwater to 2.54 lakh litres per day instead of the present 5.97 lakh litres per day. Unnikrishnan said the meeting decided to issue a second notice since Pepsi failed to reply to the first notice within the scheduled 15 days.


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