Coca Cola will set up a bottling plant in Sitarganj, in 70 acres of land to be provided by the Uttarakhand government, after the beverage giant cancelled its plan to establish a unit at Chharba village in the state on environmental grounds, an official said on Sunday.
The company recently asked the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (SIDCUL) to clear its stand on water, Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) and other issues in the 1,700-acre Sitarganj industrial estate.
“We have cleared their doubts and sent them detailed responses in this regard,” Managing Director of SIDCUL R Rajesh Kumar said.
Earlier, he said Coca Cola was in the final phase of setting up its bottling plant in Sitarganj and that land will be allotted to it.
“Coca Cola will set up the plant with the total investment of Rs 400-500 crore and has submitted an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 1.26 crore,” Kumar said.
According to Kumar, Coca Cola officials have completed field inspections and hired a company as consultant on environmental issues.
Two-three years ago, Chharba village residents opposed the Coca Cola plant on environmental grounds.