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Indian authorities threaten to demolish 'illegal' Coca-Cola plant

Published on Jan 24, 2014 7:56 PM

LUCKNOW, India (AFP) - Authorities in northern India said on Friday that they would demolish an "illegal" Coca-Cola bottling plant at the centre of protests over accusations it is extracting too much groundwater.

The local revenue administration ordered demolition of the Mehdiganj plant last month in Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, saying it was built on village council land and was "illegal".

The village administration earlier imposed a 126,000 rupee (S$2,600) fine on Hindustan Coca Cola Company Pvt, a unit of Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft-drinks maker.

India is one of Coke's fastest-growing markets thanks to an expanding middle class.

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