Delivering on its commitment made during the National Green Tribunal (NGT) hearing last month (December 2018), Sterlite Copper, yesterday (11 January 2019), announced six projects of around Rs 100 crore for public welfare
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday registered a case against Tamil Nadu police and revenue department for firing at anti-Sterlite protestors, who were demanding a ban on Sterlite Industries, in the wake of concerns of pollution in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.
A three-member committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), stated that the closure of the controversial Sterlite Copper smelter by the Tamil Nadu government is not justified in a report submitted to the NGT, reports Times of India.
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.
After Tamil Nadu shut a copper smelter run by Vedanta Resources following deadly protests, the company faces another challenge 1,000 miles away, where axe-toting tribesmen and environmentalists have joined forces to demand the closure of an alumina refinery.
Amidst death of 13 people and Tamil Nadu government’s order shutting down of the 22-year old plant, P. Ramnath, CEO of Sterlite Copper says that “false propaganda dominated over the truth about the company”.
The Tamil Nadu government has been punching the air since ordering the “permanent closure” of Sterlite Copper smelter in Tuticorin on Monday, but legal experts say the grounds of the order are so weak that the company could challenge it.