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MP residents oppose Coca Cola factory, say water level would go down further

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BHOPAL: The residents of Babai in Hoshangabad are opposing the Madhya Pradesh government decision to allocate 110 acres of land to Coca Cola company for setting up its plant.

The residents say that the factory would draw lakhs of litres of water every day, which will deplete water level of the river.

Already the water level has gone down in Narmada. This would affect irrigation too. Further, the huge effluent would pollute the water in the river which is the lifeline of the region.

Social activists Akshay Hunka and Vikrant Rai have taken vow along with the residents that they would not let government set up the plant here. Hunka said that the environment would be affected if the plant is set up here.

He said that after the plant gets operational, it would pollute the river so much that the water would not remain fit for consumption or even for taking a swim because of the effluent.

Vikrant Rai has said that the campaign has been initiated to save the agriculture and the environment of the region. "Villagers of Mohasa and adjoining panchayats have started signature campaigns against setting up the plant", he said.  

Residents have passed resoultions against the factory. Villagers rue that on one hand CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is taking out Narmada Yatra, while on the other hand the Coca Cola factory is being set up. 

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