All illegal coke units in EJH shut down: James

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All illegal coke units in EJH shut down: James


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SHILLONG, Dec. 12: Forest and Environment Minister James PK Sangma said the state government has shut down all illegal Coca-Cola factories in Meghalaya.
Most of these coke factories operated in the East Jaintia Hills district.
“We have been able to close all these factories that do not comply with the rules and the law, especially in East Jaintia Hills,” he said on Sunday.
Stating that these factories must operate within the scope of the law, he said, “Any unit that is found to be operating illegally will be shut down and I believe the sub-commissioners involved are working to ensure that.”
The proliferation of coke plants and the dangerous impact on health and the environment had forced hundreds of locals to take to the streets to demand their closure. The protests were most intense in the West Khasi Hills and East Jaintia Hills districts.
Under pressure, the state government had closed 31 Coca-Cola factories in September, which were set up without any documents from East Jaintia Hills authorities.
These coke plants had only been approved by the Single Window Agency and had neither the consent to establish (CTE) nor the consent to operate (CTO).
The district administration has had difficulty acting against the remaining 13 coke units as they had already obtained the CTE or CTO from the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board.
Meanwhile, the Mahasit Circle of the Khasi Jaintia Federation and Garo People called on the West Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner to prevent anyone or company from setting up Coca-Cola factories in the Maweit area.
The pressure group said people would not accept proposals to set up Coca-Cola factories in the Maweit area.

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