New Delhi: Beverages giant Coca-Cola’s plant at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has been shut after the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board withdrew permission to operate over alleged violation of environmental norms. “In an unprecedented move, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) withdrew the consent to operate to the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages plant at Mehandiganj, Varanasi,” the company said. The single-line plant produces soft drinks only in glass bottles and belongs to Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, the bottling operations unit of Coca-Cola. UPPCB said the treatment system at the plant wasn’t operated properly and that the company produced more than the permitted capacity by raising production to 36,000 cases a day from 20,000 cases a day.

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