Supreme Court Clears Way for Vedanta to
Resume Operations at Tuticorin Smelter

Refusing to stay an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Supreme Court has cleared way for reopening of Vedanta’s copper smelter in Tuticorin. 

In an appeal in the Supreme Court, the Tamil Nadu state government had urged for the NGT order to be set aside, which had cleared Vedanta of allegations of causing pollution through the plant. 

The petition made by the State government mentioned, “The tribunal failed to consider the data, document and evidence furnished by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to prove that Vedanta had irreversibly polluted the ground water in and around Thoothukudi district’.

Last month, the National Green Tribunal ordered for Vedanta to resume operations at its copper smelter at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, which has been closed since May this year due to local agitation against the plant and subsequent order passed by the State government to close the unit. 


Updated On 09-Jan-2019

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