Tamil Nadu cancels land allotted to Sterlite Copper for expansion


Tamil Nadu cancels land allotted to Sterlite Copper for expansion

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday cancelled the land allotted to Sterlite Copper for its proposed expansion, a day after the it ordered the permanent shutdown of the Thoothukudi plant.

“…in larger public interest, the land allotment made by SIPCOT for proposed expansion of copper smelter plant (phase 2) by Vedanta Ltd is hereby cancelled. The land price collected for the said land allotment will be refunded as per norms of SIPCOT,” the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) said in its order.

Vedanta was allotted 342.22 acres of land for expanding the Sterlite copper plant. Allotments were issued by SIPCOT to Vedanta through various orders made in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Last week, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court had passed an interim order on a public interest litigation (PIL), staying the expansion of the Sterlite copper plant. Read More

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