Coke, Pepsi bottlers violated water laws, with help from government

An NGT order says the union and UP governments ‘aided, abetted and assisted’ the companies’ illegal acts while the regulator acted like a clearing house.

In Greater Noida, on the outskirts of the national capital, The Coca-Cola Company runs a “happiness factory”, a museum that celebrates the company and its iconic soft drink and offers an immersive experience to institutions and individuals through pre-booked tours. It features exhibits on Coke’s secret formula and even a drum kit from Coke Studio.

Now, the Greater Noida “happiness factory” operates on the premises of an actual Coke bottling unit run by an Indian company called Moon Beverages Ltd. It uses borewells to pump out the water used for making the soft drinks.

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Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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