Andhra Pradesh, 5th June, 2015: On Friday, Coca-Cola India along with its bottling partner Sri Sarvaraya Sugars Ltd. commemorated the World Environment Day with the inaugurationof a water tank de-silting project at Namavaram Village, near Kesavaram. Reinforcing its commitment to creating a sustainable environment, Coca-Cola India in association with their bottling partners has undertaken several sustainable environment initiative across its operations in the country.

The water de-silting tank will have the capacity to hold21853 M3 tons of water and will be made of soil and rocks that will secure its sturdy and strong permanent structure. Through this initiative it will be possible to reduce fluoride content in ground water De-silting of the tank will result in increased recharge to the ground water which is essential due to the increasing consumption of water for various purposes such as drinking.

As a part of the celebrations, Coca-Cola Bottling partner Sri Saravaya Sugar Limited also initiated installation of 230 L.E.D lights project in Vemagiri Village, with an estimate investment of Rs.9.50 lakh.

Also, construction of 150 individual house-hold toilets under “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, in collaboration with the State Government, a budget of 4.5 lakhs for the project was raised. The individual toilets will be made of Red Brick, Black Metal, cement & sand andwith necessary sanitary fittingsto ensure that they are durable and long lasting.

Additionally,Tree Plantation Programme in Vemagiri and Dowlaiswaram Villages and the Community cleaning drive at Primary Health Centre was also held at Dowlaiswaram/Kadiyam.

At an event marked to dedicate the successful de-silting water tank, Chief Guest B. Sunil Nair – General Manager (Franchise Operations), Coca-Cola India Ltd. handed over several annual awards in different categories to representatives of cities, schools and individuals for their achievements in protecting the environment in their respective areas.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Guest B. Sunil Nair – General Manager (Franchise Operations), Coca-Cola India Ltd. said, “It is our responsibility to conserve the environment and ensure its protection. It is because of this that we have actively participated with The Coca-Cola India and Sri Sarvaraya Sugars Ltd. for the World Environment Day activities. On behalf of the community members involved in the project, I would like to thank everyone who joined hands for launch of these activities, especially children who showed great enthusiasm in all the activities.”

Speaking about the activities Mr. Y.V. Dorayya, Manager, Vemagiri Unit, Sri Sarvaraya Sugars Ltd. said, “It is important for us to do constantly work towards conservation of environment. Together with Coca-Cola India and other partners, we are happy that we have been able to complete the de silting of the lake We believe such community projects are critical as they act not only as sustainable reservoir of water, but also inspire others to act and make a difference. Would like to thank everyone involved in the project and wish that the benefits are accrued to the whole community.

Over the years, Coca-Cola India has been working with its bottling partners across the country to promote environmental awareness and conservation through several projects.

About Coca-Cola India

Coca-Cola India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies, offering a range of healthy, safe, high quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Over the last 20 years, ever since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its beverage products – Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Thumbs Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Minute Maid range of juices, Georgia and Georgia Gold range of hot and cold tea and coffee options, Kinley and Bonaqua packaged drinking water, Kinley Club Soda and Burn. The Company along with its bottling partners, through a strong network of over 2.2 million retail outlets, touches the lives of millions of consumers, at a rate of more than 500 servings per second. Its brands are some of the most preferred and most sold beverages in the country – Thumbs Up and Sprite – being the top two selling sparkling beverages.

The Coca-Cola system in India has registered 31 consecutive quarters of growth, 19 of them being in the double digits. It believes in the long term growth potential of the country and this system is committed to invest US$ 5 billion in its operations between 2012 and 2020. The system already provides direct employment to 25,000 people and indirect employment to 150,000 people.

The Coca-Cola system in India is contributing in its own small way to build sustainable communities and reduce its own carbon footprint. Some of its community development programs include the “Support My School” program – a movement for healthy, active, happy schools, the ‘Parivartan’ and ‘Pragati’ retailer training program, Career Development centers to train youth and make them employable, women empowerment program as a part of the global 5BY20 campaign, Unnati – a sustainable mango farming project etc.

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