Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (HCCBPL), a bottling partner of Coca-Cola Company in India, will set up a facility to prepare carbonated beverages, juice and fruits-based drinks in Vikasnagar tehsil of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between company officials and State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd (SIDCUL). The company will invest Rs 600 crore in two phases on the project which will come up in 60 acres of land . This has triggered protests by environmentalists who claim that such bottling plants will cause irreparable damage to the environment. Noted environmentalists including Vandana Shiva, Avdhash Kaushal, Anil Prakash Joshi and Chandiprasad Bhatt have already opposed the plant on grounds of its adverse impact on the environment. Even villagers in the project area (60 acres of land in Charba village of Dehradun district) are demanding that the authorities should stop from cutting down trees for the plant. They have asked the state government to constitute a high-level committee to study the environmental impact of such plants being run by the multinational company at 24 different locations across the country. The activists have also asked the state government to find out how these plants had been of benefit to local people. The government has, however, dismissed the apprehensions.
An other conflictual issue is that related to hydel projects. Hydropower industry fears that the bottling plant will put at risk availability of water in the reservoirs (7)