The Sterlite Copper Plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi may not be reopened as the Madras High Court has ordered the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to maintain a status quo on Sterlite Copper till January 21, 2019.
The Madurai bench of the high court has also sent a notice to NGT and the Tamil Nadu Environment Department to reply by January 21. Earlier on December 15, the NGT set aside the Tamil Nadu government’s order to close Vedanta’s copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi permanently and directed the administration to pass a fresh order of renewal of consent within three weeks. It also ordered the company to spend Rs 100 crore within a period of three years for the welfare of inhabitants in the area.
The petition against the NGT’s latest order was filed by Fatima, who has been at the forefront of protests against Sterlite Copper Plant in Thoothukudi. Read More