The Sterlite copper smelter in Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) in coastal Tamil Nadu has been considered a major polluter ever since its inception in 1997. The current crisis started with the unit announcing plans to double capacity of the smelter to 8,00,000 tonnes per year.
In March, people started protesting against expansion plans, which ended in police firing on May 22, claiming 13 lives and leaving many injured. The Tamil Nadu government instantly ordered the closure of the smelter in Tuticorin.
Sterlite has gone to the court and, as things stand, the Principal Bench of the NGT has emitted the plea of Vedanta Ltd, challenging the closure of its Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi, to an independent committee to be headed by a former judge, which will pronounce its verdict in six weeks.
P Ramnath, the CEO of Vedanta Ltd’s India copper operations in Tuticorin and Silvassa, who has over 30 years of experience in chemicals, speciality chemicals, paper and base metals industries, says the charges against the plant are half truths and lies, in an interview with FE’s Sushila Ravindranath. Read More
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