TNPCB cuts power supply to Sterlite unit in Tuticorin


TNPCB cuts power supply to Sterlite unit in Tuticorin

With the Madras high court on Wednesday staying expansion of the Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Thursday morning ordered cutting of power supply to the plant, located in SIPCOT industrial estate on the outskirts of the port town.

This comes in the wake of Tuesday’s police firing in which 13 people, including anti-Sterlite protesters.

On the face of it, the TNPCB order may not have any significant impact, since the plant is already shut and has ceased operations for almost last two months.

Also, the Sterlite plant has a captive power unit for taking care of the power supply needs. But, once an official order is issued to cut power supply, restoring it can happen only after going through cumbersome process of multiple approvals and sanctions. Read More

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