Chennai: In a big relief to Coca-Cola and Pepsi, on Thursday the Madras High Court revoked the order of banning the two firms from using Thamirabarani river water in Tamil Nadu.
A petitioner had argued that thousands of farmers are suffering as Pepsi and Coke use the river water for commercial gain. However, the companies said they use only surplus water from the river, which is in Tirunelvelli district.
Meanwhile, in 2015 several people were injured in clashes during protests over the use of the river water by the companies.
The companies paid only 37.50 paise per 1,000 litres of water extracted and sold their beverages at a much higher cost, the PIL filed by Petitioner DA Prabhakar, Secretary of Tirunelveli Consumer Protection Association, stated.
Notably, shopkeepers in Tamil Nadu began removing Pepsi and Coke from their shelves on Wednesday after a call by the state’s Traders Federation to boycott the soft drink giants.
During the protests in support of bull-taming sport Jallikattu in Chennai and other cities, some protesters spoke up against Coke and Pepsi.