Dear friends,


Movement against Coca Cola plant in Mehdiganj, Varanasi, has been going on since 2003. The plant has caused serious depletion of water table, polluted the soil and water and has encroached upon Gram Sabha land. Now it is seeking approval for raising its capacity five times.’

We don’t want Coca Cola to succeed in this attempt to deprive local people further of their right over ground water. Some students of IIT-BHU have decided to examine its operations carefully to find out the violations it is involved in. As part of this the water and the soft drink manufactured here is being tested at the Food Hygiene and Health Laboratory, Pune. The cost of testing is as follows:

Total cost: Heavy metal test in waste water: 1650 for 3 tests (Pb, Cr, Cd)

Pesticide test for groundwater: 9000 Sample collected from Chauhan Basti (800 mtrs from Mehdiganj plant)Pesticide test for Coca-cola: 12000 (Sample manufactured at Mehdiganj Plant Batch No. 18/02/1405:24 BN 18.)Total cost after 10% discount and 12.36% Service Tax: 22,904


We wish to raise this amount from supporters of our movement. If you would like to assist us in this task of preventing Coca Cola from exploiting our invaluable water resources please contribute towards this effort. Financial contributions can be made to Asha Trust, using the following information, which will help us in this cause.


Nandlal, leader of the anti-Coca Cola movement, Varanasi, 91 9415300520

Yash Hemant Shah, 3rd year B.Tech. student, IIT, BHU, Varanasi, [email protected]


Account Details For Electronic Fund Transfer:


Account Name: ‘ Asha’

Bank Name: Allahabad Bank

Branch: Nadesar

Branch Address: Iqram Khan Building, Nadesar, Varanasi-221002 India

Account No(Foreign): 20250802000

Account No (Indian Rupee): 20250830402

IFS Code: ALLA0211112



“Asha” is a charitable Trust registered with the office of Sub-Registered, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi, Registration No.1316/4 Dated 27/03/1992. Rectification of Deed Registration No 717/4 Dated 28/1/1997.


Details of other registrations are as under


Asha Trust FCRA Registration number : 231650875. FCRA registration vide letter no. II/21022/83(10)/97-FCRA III Dated 27th January 1998


Asha Trust 12 A Registration No. : 12A (a) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 – Registration Number DIT (E)/96-97/A-960/96/74 dated 21/5/96.


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