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Thursday, 15 November 2007

Corporate Shirks Environment Responsibility (Ecowatch)!!!

Gorkha brewery hit the news lately (for those unenlightened few, it's the brewery that manufactures Tuborg and Carlsberg and San Miguel beer in my country and yes Gorkha Beer and Jolly shandy as well). The Himalayan times reported that scientists from IAS Rampur found that Gorkha Brewery and Bhrikuti Paper mills were responsible for the altered water quality status in the Narayani River.

Why mention Gorkha Brewery and not Bhrikuti paper mills? The latter is and has always been highlighted and save the fact that it is a run down bankrupt company, the former makes quite a big deal about its stringent quality standards.

"....Due to stringent quality control specifications that Gorkha Brewery follows, ........ The entire brewing is strictly maintained and controlled as per the Carlsberg Breweries, Copenhagen standards used worldwide with the help of a state-of-the-art laboratory and a computer
controlled production process...." from

The gorkha brewery plant in Nawalparasi also boasts of an expensive full fledged waste water treatment plant, which is often showcased to visitors.

Tried my hands at finding the news article that reported of the incident, but searching archived material in the Himalayan Times website isn't exactly "a cup of tea". Guess, we will have to take my word for it. If Gorkha Brewery wants to have a go at me for slander, I say bring it on. Litigation isn't great about Nepal either.


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