Non-Ferrous Metal Manufacturers Association (INFMMA) has asked the central government to take urgent steps towards resuming operations at the Vedanta’s copper smelter in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.
The association, in a statement, mentioned, “We have requested the Mines Ministry and NITI Aayog to restart the copper smelter. Due to the closure of that smelter, we believe that imports of copper would go up”.
The association stated that there is a shortage of copper in the market and closure of the plant will result in import of the metal by downstream companies at a much higher rate. The association states that the closure of the plant will affect many small and medium downstream companies operating in the sector.
The plant has been shut since March this year, after it was closed for maintenance activities but did not open as scheduled following severe protests in the city, in which 13 people were killed in police firing.
Vedanta is currently seeking permanent injunction against the state government from interfering in their operating the copper smelter.