Madhya Pradesh government has allotted 110 acres of land along Narmada River for a food processing and bottling plant, which will be set up by the CocaCola Company. The company will invest Rs 750 crore in building these plants at the new MohasaBabai industrial estate in Hoshangabad district, which is close to Narmada River. The government claims that the estate has been developed on a government farm land. To attract industries in the estate the government is building roads and putting up electricity poles in the area. The government will also set up a water treatment plant that can treat 5 Million Gallons of water per day for uninterrupted water supply to the company. When fully operational, the soft drink unit would require about one million liter of water daily.
People of Muhasa village panchayat which is close to the industrial estate, and Vichar Madhya Pradesha pressure group of whistleblowers in Madhya Pradesh are opposing the project. They say that the project will pollute the river, which is a source of livelihood for them. People also fear that the company will extensively exploit the waters of Narmada river, and not enough water will be left for their use. People use river water to irrigate their crops. They staged a dharna in front of the office of local authorities including district collector, and also took to streets to march against the plant. Reportedly, the local administration is talking to the people to convince them that the plant will not pollute the river.
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